The structure and governance of your Indigenous Guardian program is an important thing to consider early on.
Finding a structure that works with the unique conditions in your community can help to ensure that:
- Your guardian program is effective.
- Your guardians feel valued.
- Guardian’s work influences activities and decisions in your territory.
It can also help ensure that the knowledge and information your program generates (i.e. public interactions, field observations, data collection, and monitoring information) is utilized to its fullest potential and can inform things like referrals, land and resource negotiations, management planning, and business decisions.
There is no right way to structure or organize your guardian program. Every community or organization will find a unique and appropriate way to do this.
Explore this section to learn:
- How your Indigenous Guardian program can be structured.
- How your Indigenous Guardian program can be governed.
- Where your Indigenous Guardian program can live.
- Some attributes of strong governance.