J.E. Anderson Surveying First Nations’ Lands

As leading land development consultants on Vancouver Island, the engineers and surveyors at J.E. Anderson & Associates’ offices in Victoria, Nanaimo, Parksville and Campbell River all work with a variety of clients on a wide range of projects. Clients often include residential home builders, large-scale subdivision developers, commercial developers, First Nations and government.

In recent months, the team at J.E. Anderson’s Campbell River office has been busy working with a few First Nations in the region.

Senior Land Surveyor Colin Burridge has been working with the Klahoose First Nation on Cortes Island on a large topographic survey for a proposed hotel/resort and marina at Squirrel Cove, a popular anchorage in Desolation Sound. The hotel/resort and marina are currently in the design stage, and J.E. Anderson is helping with the surveying needed to complete this phase of the project. Squirrel Cove Marine Resort has been a vision for the Klahoose First Nation since the early ‘80s, and in partnership with a private developer, plans are starting to take shape.

Working with First Nations in Land Management

Land surveying staff at J.E. Anderson are also working with Wei Wai Kai Nation to do surveying for its new water line and water treatment plant project on Quadra Island, near Cape Mudge. Additionally, staff are working with the First Nation to survey residential lots on Quadra Island and Campbell River. Wei Wai Kai Nation is in the process of leaving the authority of the Indian Act and needs these residential lots surveyed as they go through the land code to set up their own land registry. The First Nations Land Management (FNLM) Regime allows First Nations to opt out of 32 sections of the Indian Act relating to land management. First Nations can then develop their own laws about land use, the environment and natural resources and take advantage of economic development opportunities with their new land management powers.

Burridge has a long history of working with the Wei Wai Kai Nation on its residential and commercial subdivisions in the region.

“Being a part of First Nation community development is interesting work and it makes me feel good to be a part of the process,” says Burridge. “I’ve been working in the North Island for many years now, and maintain solid professional relationships with several North Island First Nations, having worked on projects with the Namgis, Homalco and Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nations in recent years.”