The commons is the sum of all that we inherit together and
must pass on, undiminished, to our heirs.
Photo by Bill Pope
The Gabriola Commons Charter The Gabriola Commons is intended as a source of ecological
and community well-being that exists in perpetuity for the benefit of
the people of Gabriola Island and the land on which it is situated.
As a source of well-being, the Gabriola Commons contributes to our sense of
community, of belonging, and of our bonds to one another and the land. It draws the community in, and brings the
people of the community closer to each other. It is a space for creativity
and justice, for art and learning, and for fairness and openness.
The Gabriola Commons demonstrates ways to enhance sustainability, to preserve ecosystems
and biodiversity, and to promote equity both on this island and in the world.
The land includes a number of significant natural gifts and community amenities in one
contiguous property: rich wildlife habitats; a pond and wetland area;
open vistas and meadows; cedar groves and forests; pathways
linking neighbourhoods; a rural agricultural heritage and landscape
for farming and gardening; indoor gathering places for community
celebrations and events, for solitude and sanctuary, performance and
The property of the Gabriola Commons is a
gift from an earlier generation that we in turn must pass on,
undiminished and enriched, to those who follow us.
[May 21, 2008; Revised September 22, 2012]
Principles for the Gabriola Commons
Trust: The Gabriola Commons exists in perpetuity for the
benefit of the land and the people of Gabriola including future generations not favouring one generation over
Ecological Sustainability: The assets and
the land of the Gabriola Commons are used and valued only in ways that respect
Social Sustainability: The Gabriola
Commons sustains and nourishes the fabric of the community for
generations yet to come.
Local Democracy: The
Gabriola Commons stewardship is democratic, equitable and
Community Engagement: The Gabriola Commons is a
community legacy, involving the community in the broadest and deepest sense.
Bylaws, Part 1, 3 - June 2009; Revised September 22, 2012]