Smart Cities Proposal

In addition to providing our application proposal in brochure form , we are also providing our detailed responses to each question of the Smart Cities Challenge application as it was submitted to Infrastructure Canada on April 24, 2018.

Name of Community: Kwantlen First Nation /Township of Langley

Province: British Columbia

Population: 116,280 (280/116,000)

Indigenous Community: Yes

Ensuring an ongoing legacy of truth and reconciliation through technology that fosters respect of our shared histories and land, advances and enhances learning, and supports a vibrant economic future.

BACKGROUND

Situated along the Fraser River, Fort Langley is a community within the Township of Langley municipality that is known as the “Birthplace of BC”, a title that comes with a realization and understanding that colonialism was first declared in 1858 in the Province of British Columbia at that place. However, the territories on which the Township of Langley was established have been long held by Indigenous people, as their land and their home. The Township of Langley acknowledges the unceded territories of Kwantlen, Matsqui, Katzie and Semiahmoo First Nations. The Kwantlen First Nation, since time immemorial, have lived by the seven traditional laws that guided their ancestors: health, happiness, generations, generosity, humbleness, forgiveness and understanding and are tireless in their spirit to make a better world for future generations. In the same spirit, the Township of Langley through its Sustainability Charter works to meet the social, cultural, economic, and environmental needs of the community, while ensuring that those needs can continue to be met for future generations.

CURRENT STATE

As time has passed, our solhtemexw (sacred land) continues to change and we must collectively work to protect our lands and culture for future generations. As time has passed we have also lost the voice of the First Nation in our collective community history with the current generation of young people not fully connected to the past. With the broad adoption of technology in society, that technology can serve as an invaluable tool to connect with the young people of today as well as future generations.

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION

The need for truth and reconciliation is widespread with all levels of government actively working to enact change. The Township of Langley began discussions on truth and reconciliation with local first nation governments in 2015. Those initial meetings evolved into ongoing intergovernmental dialogue, collaboration, and partnerships with the Kwantlen First Nation bringing tangible and meaningful actions to the reconciliation process.

ENVIRONMENT

The Kwantlen First Nation, through its Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group, has engaged in a number of stewardship initiatives that enhance the health of local ecosystems and protection of threatened species. Recent work includes fisheries habitat restoration and awareness campaigns for native species within Kwantlen traditional territory. These initiatives include the Salish Sucker Inventory Project and the Eulachon Recovery Project. The Township of Langley, through its Sustainability Charter, has actively worked to build a legacy for future generations by leading and committing the community to a lifestyle that is socially, culturally, economically, and environmentally balanced and is widely considered a leading local government on issues related to environmental protection. The Township of Langley has developed several innovative and award-winning programs that protect fish and wildlife habitat, water resources including rivers, streams and aquifers, and our air and atmosphere from local air contaminants and global warming causing greenhouse gas emissions. Some other notable projects include construction of a LEED-CI Silver Municipal Hall including rooftop solar panels and groundwater geo-exchange heating and cooling, introduction of Metro Vancouver’s first and only program offering building permit rebates to builders that construct energy efficient new homes, and the installation of a growing network of municipally owned and operated electric vehicle charging stations throughout the community. In addition, the Township of Langley has formally protected several local forests, is actively capturing methane gas from a closed landfill, and is composting over 10,000 tonnes of organic waste annually to maintain its status as a carbon neutral local government – a title it has proudly held since 2014.

ECONOMY

Through its Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group, the Kwantlen First Nation actively proposes initiatives and partnerships to pursue strong land management practices and is working to ensure economic prosperity through business activities related to lands, resources, and economic development. Tourism continues to be an important economic driver for the region with tourists flocking to Fort Langley to enjoy its unique charm and the many heritage sites, retail shopping, and food & beverage amenities in the area. The historic charm of the area has made Fort Langley popular with the film industry with numerous TV series, made-for-TV movies, and feature films being filmed in the area resulting in positive economic and social impacts.

HERITAGE AND CULTURE

As the “Birthplace of BC”, Fort Langley boasts a number of amenities including the Langley Centennial Museum, a Farm Museum, Fort Langley CN Railway Station Museum, and the Fort Langley National Historic Site. Historic references and place markers can also be found on the comprehensive trail system in the area that include portions of the Trans-Canada Trail and the Fort-to-Fort Trail. However, we recognize that while the area has some incredible amenities that celebrate our heritage and culture, additional resources are needed to ensure that visitors can enjoy and be educated by a more authentic Indigenous experience.

EXISTING COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVES

In December 2017 the Township of Langley, in partnership with the Kwantlen First Nation, announced a number of initiatives for Fort Langley (which is adjacent to Kwantlen First Nation’s reserve lands). The initiative includes new community and cultural facilities along with new park infrastructure and trail improvements. In addition, artist work-live spaces and a restored heritage building that will serve as a community and social hub are also included as shown in Figure 1 .

We are working together to develop the initiatives that are proposed for Fort Langley to celebrate arts, culture, and heritage in a manner that acknowledges the gap between what has been recorded as local history and our actual community history (the truth).

WHY USE TECHNOLOGY?

The Smart Cities approach aims to achieve meaningful outcomes for residents and visitors by leveraging the fundamental benefits that data and connected technology have to offer. The Smart Cities approach can also support our shared desire to present truth through experience based arts, culture and heritage learning opportunities.

With the current generation of young people not fully connected to our shared history, technology can serve as an invaluable tool to establish an important bridge to our past in our ever-increasing connected world. The use of technology will connect our past to the future, so that future generations will know our language, history, traditions and culture.

Visitors to Fort Langley have numerous opportunities to learn more about the history of the area but we acknowledge that history is incomplete. Through the use of technology, we will provide both residents and visitors new and innovative ways to learn, understand, and appreciate our actual shared community history (the truth) and culture.

Seyem’ Qwantlen, in its goal of becoming a community economic development leader, wants to represent the Kwantlen First Nation in a more contemporary way. By leveraging technology, we have an opportunity to remove preconceived notions of Indigenous people which is often viewed in a very tokenistic or historic way. The partnership with the Township of Langley and this collaboration to find new ways to leverage technology is a good example of the skills and abilities of Indigenous peoples today.

Through its Sustainability Charter, the Township of Langley’s practice of integrating sustainable technologies and green building practices into facilities is well documented. As we look to the future, government entities that proactively embrace and procure green technologies will help encourage industry to continue to pursue innovative and cost-effective solutions, while continually allowing the incorporation of these leading-edge technologies as they come to market. 

From an economic perspective, the Township of Langley’s Sustainability Charter and the business objectives of the Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group strive to build an economically strong, vibrant, and livable community. Through this Smart Cities Challenge application and subsequent implementation of technology, we intend to establish a model of intergovernmental collaboration that will help create innovative solutions that all communities across Canada can leverage.

Together, the Township of Langley and Kwantlen First Nation actively work to celebrate our heritage, provide and support community-based leisure opportunities, build corporate and community capacity, and nurture a mindset of sustainability which are all goals that are directly supportable through the Smart Cities approach.

OUR GOALS

The timing is right for stories of the Kwantlen First Nation and Indigenous people across Canada to be told, to be explained and to be understood in ways that were not previously possible. Technology is a key component in delivering this traditional knowledge in an engaging way to our community and beyond our common borders.

The Kwantlen First Nation and the Township of Langley want to ensure an ongoing legacy of truth and reconciliation in a collaborative way. This starts with the acknowledgement of the traditional lands and cultural practices of Indigenous peoples. Through this Smart Cities Challenge application, we aim to build improved awareness and education of Indigenous culture and our shared history while establishing important infrastructure to help build a collective and vibrant community that is well-positioned for the future.

It is intended that the projects contained in this application for the Smart Cities Challenge complement and enhance both the existing and recently announced amenities in both Fort Langley and the adjacent Kwantlen First Nation’s reserve lands (as shown in Figure 1) while setting the stage for future expansion across our community and beyond our borders.

The goals for our Smart Cities Challenge application are:

  • Through the use of technology, support our shared desire to present the truth through art, culture, and heritage learning opportunities that establish authentic experiences as they relate to the traditions and cultural practices of our Indigenous people.
  • Through the stories of our Indigenous people, connect our past to the future through the narrative shared by our elders about the land, forests and river to increase awareness and to help establish a more informed public.
  • Embrace our shared respect for the sacred land and take steps to safeguard our shared lands for future generations.
  • To provide important technology infrastructure to ensure a vibrant and economically strong community while supporting the projects and activities included in this Smart Cities Challenge application.
  • To support and showcase Canadian and Indigenous peoples’ innovation by strategically focusing on the identification, procurement, and implementation of a range of technologies (including green technologies) as a guiding principle.
  • To leverage strategic partnerships to ‘multiply’ the reach and impact of the projects included in this application by bringing those experiences to a much larger audience.  

All levels of government across Canada have acknowledged the need for truth and reconciliation and are working to enact change in different ways. The Kwantlen First Nation and Township of Langley view the goals and subsequent activities identified in our Smart Cities Challenge proposal as a collaborative and innovative way to bring tangible and meaningful action to the reconciliation process.

MEASURING PROCESS

Measuring the progress of the projects and activities will be achieved through both the achievement of specific project completion objectives as well as attempting to quantify the improvement in knowledge of Indigenous culture, history, and the role that the First Nations must have in our community history going forward. Establishing and collecting these indicators that show if residents and visitors have improved their knowledge about the subject matter is very important for us as this will be our true measure of success. We will work together as letsemot (one mind/one heart) and tselhxwelmew (family) to build a new shared history.

All projects identified in this Smart Cities Challenge application have been selected to offer discrete completion goals, with the future opportunity to broadly expand the scope of each project to achieve a more significant impact across both the Township of Langley and ultimately, outside of our community borders.

As an illustrative example, some of the educational-based activities identified in this Smart Cities Challenge application will be delivered initially within the facilities identified in the Fort Langley community but may also be offered in all libraries across both the municipality and potentially other communities within the Fraser Valley through our public library partner, Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL). The FVRL is the largest public library system in British Columbia, with 25 community libraries serving over 700,000 people in its service area.

Given that a wide variety of technologies are used in the projects proposed in this Smart Cities Challenge application, data collected through these systems can also provide important insights into the use and impact of the educational activities contained in this application. Where appropriate from a security and privacy perspective, data collected will be made publically available through the Township’s Open Data Portal located at https://data.tol.ca.

At its core, this application is built on a partnership and collaboration between the Kwantlen First Nation and the Township of Langley which is focused on collectively looking for opportunities to build a livable, healthy, and happy community.

The Township of Langley began discussions on truth and reconciliation with local first nation governments in 2015 that have evolved into ongoing intergovernmental dialogue, collaboration, and partnerships with Kwantlen First Nation that have brought tangible and meaningful actions to the reconciliation process.

Engagement activities focused on helping our communities collaborate in a more meaningful way have been happening for a number of years dating back to the Township of Langley Arts and Cultural Services Plan adopted in 2011. 

While the Township of Langley and the Kwantlen First Nation will continue to look for opportunities to partner on projects, such as the new development initiative occurring in Fort Langley that has been described previously in this application, the thoughtful engagement and dialogue that has already occurred as a result of this application will perhaps be one of the most valuable artifacts of this process. Together, we have selected our hashtag #letsemot (one mind/one heart) as a lasting symbol to raise awareness and showcase our collaboration to the public.

We have actively collaborated with other strategic partners including the Fraser Valley Regional Library to solicit feedback and to look for ways to maximize the impact of the projects included in this application.

The engagement that were used in the development of this Smart Cities Challenge application are:

  • Website/Public Input: Both the Township of Langley and the Kwantlen First Nation established websites to solicit ideas from the public for our application.
  • Social Media: We shared information about our project on social media platforms to maximize exposure and to encourage ideas from the public.
  • Posters: We distributed pamphlets and displayed posters in public spaces in our community including civic facilities, recreation centres, and coffee shops, etc. as a way to raise awareness and encourage ideas from the public.
  • Press Release: A press release was issued that encouraged the public to visit the website to propose ideas for the application.
  • Digital Billboard: An advertisement was posted on a Digital Billboard on Lougheed highway that featured the project website and the hashtag #letsemot
  • Inter-Organizational Brainstorming: A number of brainstorming sessions were held to generate ideas and refine concepts included in this application. A wide variety of staff from both organizations participated in these sessions as well as staff from some of our strategic partners.

The Kwantlen First Nation also actively engaged and consulted their government which includes Chief, Council and Elders that are representatives of all families. The Kwantlen First Nation Land Code Committee was also engaged and consulted.

Given the feedback received from the public and the ideas generated in the brainstorming sessions, the following themes can be summarized (by category):

  • Art
    • Digitization and display of art in public places
    • Provide technology to artists so they can experiment with new mediums
  • Culture
    • Preserve and educate the public about the traditional spoken word of Indigenous people.
    • Tell the traditional stories of Indigenous people.
    • Celebrate the river and the role it plays in Indigenous culture.
  • Environment / Sustainability
    • Leverage monitoring to better understand changes in our environment
    • Implement solar/geothermal into our building practices
    • Find ways to promote and advance the adoption of BC Energy Step Code
  • Heritage
    • Tell the traditional stories of Indigenous people.
    • Acknowledge important places
  • Infrastructure
  • Make internet connectivity more accessible
  • Establish fibre optic connectivity to promote economic development

Throughout the feedback received, a wide assortment of technologies were proposed:

  • Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) through smartphones or wearable technology
  • Environmental monitoring / IoT
  • Geospatial / location-based applications
  • Mobile applications
  • Network connectivity including wireless networks
  • Open data platforms
  • Holograms as a powerful way to tell stories

As we move forward and begin to plan our proposed projects in more detail, we will continue to engage staff in our respective organizations, subject-matter experts, vendors, and the public to collaborate and ensure an impactful and inclusive result.

The projects that are included in this Smart Cities Challenge application will help ensure an ongoing legacy of truth and reconciliation and take important steps to enhance learning and respect of our shared histories and land while providing important infrastructure to help support a vibrant community and economy that fosters future innovation.

We learned through our engagement activities that there was an opportunity to make some of the content and technology described in this application available to schools to support and improve existing programs that are currently delivered as part of the curriculum. We intend to explore these opportunities further as we develop our final proposal.

All of the projects and activities identified in this application have been carefully selected to support the outcomes described in our challenge statement.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Wherever possible, the following guiding principles will be applied to the projects included in this application.

  • Partner and collaborate wherever possible. The strength of our partnerships and collaboration will only make us better.
  • Be ‘open’ first. Procuring or building using open technologies will make the projects delivered as part of this application more accessible to other communities.
  • Share the code. Any source code that is not proprietary should be shared openly and hosted in an appropriate source code repository so others can benefit and help make it better.
  • Share the data. Where a project produces data as a discrete output or where operational data can be of value to others, make it open and share it.
  • Share the knowledge. Outputs from engineering activities, contractual mechanisms, or new knowledge gained as part of a project deliverable should be shared. We understand that there is value in knowledge and will share our knowledge with other communities to help them be better.

A true measure of our success will be how effectively we adhere to these principles.

Project 1: Sustainable Building Practices

Focus Area: Environmental quality, economic opportunity

Goal Linkage: Safeguard our shared lands for future generations.

Project Description: The Township of Langley is Metro Vancouver’s fastest growing municipality and will grow by nearly 1,500 new dwelling units per year over the next 15 years. With such a large projected increase, there is significant potential to reduce community energy use and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions associated with new construction by increasing the construction of high performance buildings.

In line with the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the Province of BC has set a target that every new building must be net-zero ready by 2032. In April 2017, the Province introduced the BC Energy Step Code, a voluntary provincial standard that provides an incremental and consistent approach to achieving more energy-efficient buildings that go beyond the requirements of the base BC Building Code.

Until now, the majority of buildings have been constructed under prescriptive building code requirements, which focus on individual elements, rather than ensuring the building functions well as a system. The new BC Energy Step Code presents an alternative performance-based compliance path.

The scope of this project is initially confined to Fort Langley and through the establishment of a pilot zone, a monetary grant will be established to provide an opportunity for developers to offset the differential ‘bridging’ costs of achieving Step Code 5, the highest step of the BC Energy Step Code (up to 80% more energy efficient than the existing BC Building Code) more than a decade before its time.

Should the results and approach of this initiative prove successful, the pilot zone and grant funding could both be expanded across other areas of the community pending applicable approvals.

This approach to the implementation of BC Energy Step Code exemplifies our shared respect for the environment and our desire to build a livable, healthy and happy community while encouraging industry to innovate and incorporate green building technologies.

Project 2: Wi-Fi Deployment

Focus Area: Economic opportunity, empowerment and inclusion, healthy living and recreation.

Goal Linkage: Provide important technology infrastructure to ensure a vibrant and economically strong community while supporting the education and awareness projects included in this application.

Project Description: Deploy Wi-Fi technology to support our interconnected communities and growing relationships.

Having robust wireless connectivity is an important infrastructure element for some of the projects included in this application:

  • Support for bandwidth-intensive content (e.g. augmented/virtual reality) as described in Project 5 and 6.
  • Provide a quick and seamless gateway for the public to access the educational and cultural content described in Project 5 and 6 through the Wi-Fi landing page.
  • Provide the connectivity required for the sensor network as described in Project 4.

Broadly available Wi-Fi within the community of Fort Langley and on the adjacent Kwantlen First Nation reserve lands will have broad ranging socio-economic benefits and will help to foster innovation within the creative economy, and ensure that the educational content from the projects in this application are as consumable and inclusive as possible.

The initial geographic scope of this project is shown in Figure 2 . However, pending applicable approvals and location, it is intended to expand Wi-Fi coverage in other areas of our community in the future.

Project 3: Interconnected Communities – Fibre Optics

Focus Area: Economic opportunity, empowerment and inclusion

Goal Linkage: Provide important technology infrastructure to ensure a vibrant and economically strong community.

Project Description: The Township of Langley is actively working to implement its fibre optic strategy across the municipality. This project will extend the existing fibre optic infrastructure in the Fort Langley community by establishing connectivity between the new facilities announced for the Fort Langley community in December 2017 as well as extending new fibre optic infrastructure onto the adjacent Kwantlen First Nations reserve lands.

This fibre optic asset will position the community for a number of potential broad ranging socio-economic benefits in the future.

The initial geographic scope of this project is shown in Figure 3  but pending applicable approvals, will continue to expand across the community in the future as part of the existing Township of Langley fibre optic strategy.

Project 4: Keeping a Watchful Eye on our Environment

Focus Area: Environmental quality, empowerment and inclusion

Goal Linkage: Safeguard our shared lands for future generations and provide data to support while supporting the education and awareness projects included in this application.

Project Description: Build a sensor network in Fort Langley and the adjacent Kwantlen First Nation’s reserve lands to monitor environmental conditions through sensor-based data collection and storage. All data collected will be openly accessible through the platform technology.

Data collected from the sensor network will serve two purposes:

  1. Provide detailed and localized baseline data that can be used to help analyze the effectiveness of the BC Energy Step Code measures implemented in local construction efforts as described in Project 1.
  2. Provide current environmental conditions as a means to deliver context sensitive content on the mobile application framework as described in Project 5.

The deployment of the sensor network and supporting platform technology will initially be focused in Fort Langley and the adjacent Kwantlen First Nation’s reserve lands but pending applicable approvals, will continue to expand cross the community in the future.

Project 5: Connect our past to the future

Focus Area: Empowerment and inclusion

Goal Linkage: Underpinning technology that supports the education and awareness projects included in this application.

Project Description: Establish a mobile application framework that will serve as a platform for the educational goals that are included as part of this Smart Cities Challenge application. The framework will provide all the baseline technology needed for the delivery of the ‘translator’, ‘guide’, and ‘storyteller’ functionality as described in Project 6 and 7 as well as supporting some of the immersive experiences described in Project 8.

It is anticipated that the application framework will leverage a number of technologies including geospatial location and gamification as well as integrate with the sensor network that is described in Project 4 as a means to provide context-sensitive educational experiences. The application framework could also integrate with the Township of Langley’s existing eGovernment Identity Management System as a means to support functionality such as gamification and personalization.

Project 6: Preserving the Traditional Spoken Word

Focus Area: Empowerment and inclusion, healthy living and recreation

Goal Linkage: Supports the education and awareness projects included in this application.

Project Description: Establish platform technology and a permanent digital record of the traditional spoken word in an open and accessible way.

This project will focus on the following deliverables:

  1. Establish an inventory of traditional Kwantlen First Nation spoken word.
  2. Establish a digital platform that stores and allows for the dissemination of the information through an open and accessible Application Programming Interface (API).
  3. Deploy a ‘translator’ feature on the mobile application framework described in Project 5 as an educational tool to support the preservation of the traditional spoken word. It is intended that the ‘translator’ will deliver traditional spoken word in a context-sensitive way based on location, environmental sensors, or other interactive means.
  4. Integrate the spoken word inventory into existing amenity websites (e.g. museum, etc.) by leveraging the available API.

We also acknowledge that research is required to investigate other spoken word inventory projects that may already be underway and determine if there are possible collaborative opportunities with other organizations already doing work in this area.

Project 7: Understanding the Changes to our Sacred Land

Focus Area: Empowerment and inclusion, environmental quality, healthy living and recreation

Goal Linkage: Supports the education and awareness projects included in this application.

Project Description: Build an application that educates residents and visitors about the changes to our sacred land over time by offering a new way to tell the stories of the Kwantlen First Nation and Canada’s Indigenous people.

This project will focus on the delivery of ‘guide’ and ‘storyteller’ educational features that will be deployed on the mobile application framework that is described in Project 5.

At specific locations, the ‘storyteller’ will provide the user with context-sensitive stories of the Kwantlen First Nation through immersive content such as video and augmented/virtual reality. In specific controlled locations, those stories could be delivered through a more immersive experience using technologies such as holograms and directional sound-beam acoustics.

The ‘guide’ feature will encourage the user to walk and explore the area through the use of augmented reality, geospatial location, and gamification. In addition, by encouraging travel throughout the area, the user will also be provided with additional opportunities to receive educational content via the ‘translator’ and ‘storyteller’ features.

Through our public engagement activities, we learned that some schools appear to be generating content related to the history and culture of Indigenous people that could potentially be incorporated into this project. This will be explored further through the preparation of our final proposal.

Project 8: Celebrate our Continuing Relationship with the River

Focus Area: Empowerment and inclusion, environmental quality, healthy living and recreation

Goal Linkage: Supports the education and awareness projects included in this application.

Project Description: Create an exhibit to celebrate our continuing relationship with the river and provide an immersive experience to tell and share this story.

We envision that this project will manifest in two forms:

  1. A 5d experience that will provide the user a fully immersive experience delivering the story of the longstanding relationship that the Kwantlen First Nation has with the river. This would be a permanent installation at a specific location.
  2. A ‘wearable’ experience that leverages commercially available wearable technology to deliver immersive content in a portable way to expand the reach and impact of this educational experience.

The goals of this application are focused on activities that strive to forge a new shared collective history, to respect and protect our shared lands, and to ensure an ongoing legacy of truth and reconciliation.

The previously announced community development initiatives that are described in the ‘Current State’ section of this application celebrate art, culture, and heritage in a manner that acknowledges the gap between what has been recorded as local history and our actual community history (the truth). These development initiatives also demonstrate the shared commitment that both the Kwantlen First Nation and the Township of Langley have to our ongoing partnership.

With existing Smart Cities projects underway such as public Wi-Fi deployments, fibre optic construction, and eGovernment strategy, the Township of Langley is committed to finding ways to leverage technology as a means to improve the lives of its citizens and the economic success of our community in the future. The technology infrastructure proposed in this application will help to establish future opportunities for our communities to collaborate and collectively build a livable, healthy, and happy community.

Projects proposed in this application that focus on helping future generations learn about and know the language, history, traditions, and culture of Indigenous people are where we intend to truly innovate by integrating educational opportunities in a technology-driven way. While some of the projects proposed in this application can and will be deployed within the previously announced community and indigenous museums, the truly impactful educational opportunities will occur where we can provide an immersive and interactive experience in the outdoors so that the user can become better connected with our shared history and culture.  

The projects included as part of this Smart Cities Challenge application have been carefully selected to be readily scalable across the municipality, Kwantlen traditional territory, and beyond our borders, which is our ultimate goal and legacy of this application.

Both the Seyem’ Qwantlen and the Township of Langley have extensive experience delivering significant capital projects as well supporting the ongoing operational requirements of our communities. Not including typical large-scale engineering infrastructure projects, the following list showcases some other complex projects that have been completed, are underway, and planned for the future.

TOWNSHIP CIVIC FACILITY (2005)

Budget: ~$21.8M construction

Description: Significant renovation and retrofit of purchased vacant office building as new Township of Langley Civic Facility which was subsequently certified as LEED-CI Silver. The facility included state-of-the-art Council chambers, meeting rooms, municipal offices, recreation centre, and dedicated tenant space - including the Fraser Valley Regional Library and RCMP Community Police Office.

LANGLEY EVENTS CENTRE (2009)

Budget: ~$57.4M construction (included a $15M Provincial Grant)

Description: 328,000 square foot facility.  Large multi-purpose facility including 5,000 seat arena, triple gymnasium, banquet hall, fitness centre, gymnastics training centre, sport medicine centre, retail, and food and beverage operations.

LANGLEY EVENTS CENTRE – BUILDING B (2013)

Budget: ~$9.8M construction

Description: 35,000 square foot facility.  Addition of a double gymnasium and dry floor arena to the existing facility.

ALDERGROVE CREDIT UNION COMMUNITY CENTRE (2018)

Budget: ~$39.4M construction (includes a $9.8M Federal Grant)

Description: New arena, fitness centre, multi-purpose room, outdoor pools, waterpark and dry playground in the Township of Langley Aldergrove community.

TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY FIBRE OPTIC STRATEGY (In Progress)

Budget: Varies annually

Description: 19.00km constructed to date. Anticipated total buildout is 89.93km.

TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY: EGOVERNMENT (In Progress)

Budget: Varies annually

Description: The Township eGovernment strategy focuses on a number of areas:

  • Deliverables must strive to embrace the principles of open government when possible (ongoing).
  • Acknowledge that with the expanded use of technology, the expectations of our customers are changing. We must improve how we deliver information and services in a way that is platform and device agnostic (ongoing).
  • Improve how we deliver information and services and manage the information related to our customers more effectively and efficiently through a unified identity management system (complete).
  • Take a security-centric approach to how we procure new technology and ensure existing systems are secure (ongoing)
  • Provide technology to better enable staff to be more effective and efficient in the delivery of information and services (ongoing)

SEYEM’ QWANTLEN: LELEM ARTS AND CULTURAL CAFÉ’S (2012-current)

Budget: ~$1.6M

Description: Interior construction and design, 4 locations to date plus catering

SEYEM’ QWANTLEN: QUESTUPON (2014)

Budget: ~$20K

Description: Augmented Reality game that features Kwantlen history in New Westminster

SEYEM’ QWANTLEN: SPORTCHECK FLAGSHIP (2015)

Budget: ~$100K

Description: Interior data wiring installation

SEYEM’ QWANTLEN: ATLANTIC WASTE (2009 – current)

Budget: ~$6M to date

Description: Remediation of contaminated site

SEYEM’ QWANTLEN: IR1 FRASER CEDAR DECOMMISSIONING (2016 – current)

Budget: ~$3M

Description: Decommission and shore stabilization 

SEYEM’ QWANTLEN: SURREY MUSEUM INDIGENOUS HALL (2019)

Budget: ~$250K

Description: Facilitator with overlapping nations, exhibit construction

KWANTLEN FIRST NATION: CULTURAL CENTRE (2015)

Budget: ~$3.5M

Description: Construction of long house, archaeology repository

SEYEM’ QWANTLEN : SOUTH SURREY SENIORS COMMUNITY (Current – 2021)

Budget: ~$140M

Description: 25% equity owner, construction of seniors community, collaboration with Kwantlen Polytechnic University

SEYEM’ QWANTLEN: WE ARE KWANTLEN EXHIBIT (2016)

Budget: ~$110K

Description: Canadian Heritage Grant for a temporary exhibit at the Langley Centennial Museum

SEYEM’ QWANTLEN: DIGITAL BILLBOARDS (2018)

Budget: ~$600,00K

Description: Installation of two highway digital billboards and ongoing management and sales of ad space.

PROJECT PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION

As partners, the Seyem’ Qwantlen and Township of Langley intend to continue our collaboration through the planning and implementation phases of the projects identified in this Smart Cities Challenge application.

We will focus on leveraging the respective strengths of each organization and establish teams to refine and fully develop each project in this application and see those projects through to completion. When required, we will also establish new strategic partnerships with other organizations that will help ensure our success.

As an example, given the Township of Langley already has experience in designing and constructing fibre optic networks, staff possessing that experience would be tasked to work on the fibre optic project identified in this application.  Conversely, as we have no direct expertise in building immersive theatre experiences, we would work to identify a strategic partner to provide guidance and assistance with those project objectives through an open procurement vehicle.

Given the significant experience that both organizations have completing complex projects, those same management systems can be easily adapted and used for the projects included in this application. However, we also acknowledge that the Smart Cities Challenge presents a unique opportunity to learn and evolve our existing project methodologies and systems to be smarter and well-positioned for the future.

The Kwantlen First Nation and Township of Langley have existing expertise with some of the technologies included in this application. Where expertise is not available from within our respective organizations, we will look to engage and strategically partner with other organizations.

As our intent to submit an application for the Smart Cities Challenge became public, we were approached by a number of commercial vendors with potential partnership opportunities. To remain consistent with the goals defined in our application, we intend to evaluate potential partnerships with commercial entities through an open and transparent process during the development of our final proposal.

The high level plan to leverage the $250,000 grant in order to develop our final proposal is described as follows:

Project 1: Sustainable Building Practices     

Requirements and documentation ($20,000)
Contractual/Legal ($10,000)

Project 2: Wi-Fi Deployment

Indoor RF design and estimate ($15,000)
Outdoor RF design and estimate ($15,000)
Contractual/Legal ($10,000)

Project 3: Interconnected Communities – Fibre Optics

Detailed design and estimate ($25,000)

Project 4: Keeping a Watchful Eye on our Environment

System requirements and documentation ($10,000)
Preliminary system design and estimates ($15,000)

Project 5: Connecting our Past to the Future

System requirements and documentation ($10,000)
Preliminary system design and estimates ($15,000)

Project 6: Preserving the Traditional Spoken Word

Scoping of inventory acquisition and collection ($7,500)
System requirements and documentation ($10,000)
Preliminary system design and estimates ($15,000)

Project 7: Understanding the Changes to our Sacred Land

Base system requirements and documentation ($10,000)
Application scoping, preliminary design, and estimates ($15,000)

Project 8: Celebrate our Continuing Relationship with the River

Base system requirements, scoping, and preliminary design ($15,000)
Contractual/Legal ($15,000)                

Contingency: $17,500

Total: $250,000

This application for the Smart Cities Challenge relies on existing partnerships and the need to forge new relationships to ensure the projects outlined in this application are successful.

This application has been jointly submitted by the Kwantlen First Nation and the Township of Langley and is focused on collaboration and a commitment to continually look for opportunities to build a livable, healthy, and happy community. 

As an existing corporate partner of both the Kwantlen First Nation and Township of Langley, the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) also collaborated in the creation of this application. The FVRL is currently the largest public library system in British Columbia, with 25 community libraries serving over 700,000 people in its service area and focuses on providing open access to library services, programs, technologies, digital and print collections, and social space that advances community innovation and removes barriers associated with education, technology, culture, and economic disadvantages. Through the FVRL, we hope to enhance the learnings and ‘multiply’ the impact of the educational projects included as part of this Smart Cities Challenge application through shared space, community dialog, a variety of shared programming and collection partnerships.

When possible, we will leverage our partnerships to further define, enhance, and possibly collaborate on the projects included in this application. Corporate entities such as BC Hydro and Fraser Valley Health Authority have provided letters of support. 

We also received some incredible ideas through our engagement activities from educators in local schools looking for additional educational materials that align directly with the goals of this application and as such, are included in our proposed projects where applicable.

As noted, many of the projects identified in this application rely on new partnerships to scope, design, and implement technologies in order to achieve the described project outcomes. These future partnerships will be established strategically and in compliance with the procurement policies of both the Seyem’ Qwantlen and the Township of Langley.

The timing is right for the stories of the Kwantlen First Nation and Indigenous people in Canada to be told, explained, and understood. Technology can be an invaluable tool to deliver this traditional knowledge in an engaging way to our community and beyond our borders.

The people of the Kwantlen First Nation are tireless in their efforts to provide a better world for future generations. In this same spirit, the Township of Langley, through its Sustainability Charter, works to lead with responsible custodianship and respect for the land to build a livable, healthy, and happy community.

Together, the Kwantlen First Nation and the Township of Langley see an opportunity to ensure an ongoing legacy of truth and reconciliation through technology that will help us work together as letsemot (one mind/one heart) and tselhxwelmew (family) to tell our stories and show respect for the solhtemexw (sacred land) that we share, to ensure the survival of our environment for future generations to enjoy.

The goals and projects described in this application connect our past to the future, so that future generations will know the language, history, traditions, and culture of Indigenous people while building a vibrant future through a smart cities approach. 

Steve Scheepmaker
Director, Corporate Administration
Township of Langley

Phone: 604-533-6075
Email: sscheepmaker@tol.ca

TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY

2017 full time equivalents:

  • Number of Total FTEs: 696
  • *Percentage of total FTEs devoted to innovation: 26%

2017 operating and capital budget:

  • **Total operating budget: ~$168,000,000
  • Percentage of total operating budget devoted to innovation: 1.5%
  • Total capital budget: ~$274,400,000
  • Percentage of total capital budget devoted to innovation: 18%

* Represents a selection of exempt and union technology staff dedicated to innovation more than 15% of the time.

** For 2017 universal services only

KWANTLEN FIRST NATION
SEYEM’ QWANTLEN BUSINESS GROUP

2017 full time equivalents:

  • Number of Total FTEs: 160
  • Percentage of total FTEs devoted to innovation: 4%

2017 operating and capital budget:

  • Total operating budget: ~$13,500,000
  • Percentage of total operating budget devoted to innovation: 0.5%
  • Total capital budget: ~$6,100,000
  • Percentage of total capital budget devoted to innovation: N/A

EMPOWERMENT AND INCLUSION:

Ensuring an ongoing legacy of truth and reconciliation

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY:

Balance between respect for environment and technological innovation

  • Arts and culture
  • Economic development
  • Education and training
  • Environment
  • Recreation and parks
  • Social services
  • Other: Truth and reconciliation
  • Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Cloud computing
  • Enterprise solutions
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Geospatial
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Mobile applications
  • Networks
  • Open data platforms
  • Sensors
  • Wearables
  • Other: Holograms