“ First Nations are not opposed to development, they’re opposed to not being part of the discussion.”

That’s part of the message that Adam Olsen, a Tsartlip First Nations member, former municipal councilor delivered to the Gabriola Museum’s annual general meeting on February 23, 2014, at the Women’s Institute.

Olsen has studied the impact of the treaties negotiated by Governor James Douglas in the 1850s on the development on Gabriola and neighbouring Gulf Islands. As a small business owner and community activist, Olsen has focused on building stronger relationships between First Nations, municipal governments and island communities.

From 2008 to 2011, Olsen was a central Saanich Councilor who took a special interest in the municipality’s First Nation Community – to-Community Forum, and development issues.

Video of Adam Olsen’s talk at the AGM