Half a century ago, the lives of people in the Columbia Basin changed forever when a series of dams altered their homes and landscapes. This commemorative book is the story of how people took their power back. By raising their voices, facing challenges and putting in years of hard work, the region’s residents created Columbia Basin Trust.

Since 1995, they have supported this exceptional resource as it, in turn, has supported them. Learn how Basin residents and the Trust have travelled this unprecedented path together, bringing life to dreams and helping the region flourish.


Twenty-five years ago, our first Board of Directors gathered on the steps of the B.C. Legislature to celebrate the passing of the Columbia Basin Trust Act.


Many of the visionaries who formed the Trust had experienced firsthand the adverse impacts to the Basin region resulting from the Columbia River Treaty.



A book of this nature brings together many references. If you are looking to explore these last 25 years in greater detail check out the book endnotes and image credits and index online.


We would love to hear from you! Did you enjoy the book? Did you find an error? Do you have a story you’d like to share with us? Let us know. You can also request a copy of the book here.