Galiano Island: Penelakut Traditional Territory
Quadra Island: Wei Wai Kai and Wei Wai Kum Traditional Territory
Saturna Island: Tsawout and Tseycum, WSÁNEĆ Traditional Territory
Hornby Island: Pentlach Traditional Territory
Denman Island: Pentlach Traditional Territory
Mayne Island: W̱SÁNEĆ Traditional Territory
Gabriola Island: Snuneymuxw Traditional Territory
Salt Spring Island: Tsawout Traditional Territory
Pender Island: W̱SÁNEĆ Traditional Territory
Bowen Island: Squamish Traditional Territory
Cortes Island: Homalco, Tla'amin, and Klahoose Traditional Territory
Resilience Through Partnership
The Rural Islands Economic Partnership (RIEP) promotes economic resilience across the rural islands of British Columbia. Together with partners and supporters, RIEP fosters community engagement, coordination, and collaboration to achieve local economic goals sustainably.
Collaborate Regionally, Achieve Results Locally
RIEP offers a platform for inter-island communication, information sharing and collaborative initiatives to address, through a rural islands lens, the economic and social challenges facing island communities through the pandemic and beyond.
Keep the Islands Vibrant
British Columbia’s rural islands are social and cultural gems. They are home to diverse communities of changemakers, innovators, and creators. RIEP serves rural island communities—including Indigenous communities with traditional and reserve lands—on Bowen, Broughton Archipelago, Cormorant, Cortes, Denman, Gabriola, Galiano, Gambier, Hornby, Lasqueti, Malcolm, Mayne, Pender, Quadra, Salt Spring, Saturna, Texada, and Thetis. Our Partnership includes individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments interested in fostering healthy and vibrant communities across the islands.
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Join RIEP Today!
As a RIEP member, YOU can participate in ongoing lively inter-island discussion groups, regional roundtables, quarterly local arts and culture showcases, best practices incubators, webinars and workshops, all with a rural islands focus. Engage and deepen connections with rural islanders via the RIEP Biennial Forum. Take advantage of Rising Tide Business Services, offering affordable digital marketing tools and support, and extend your business/organizational reach through the Island COMEBACK directory.
Together, we leverage our strengths and deliver meaningful results for all of British Columbia’s rural island communities.
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Having an organization that unifies and identifies priorities for the islands is crucial to our community well-being. RIEP will play a huge advocacy, information sharing, and support system role for rural islands to tap into. RIEP understands that island life and islanders approach things differently. Each island has unique qualities, characters and ecologies but our values overlap. RIEP will be invited to the table to represent rural island values, challenges, and desires. The unified voice will have a greater impact.