The TST exists to help Indigenous Guardians and their teams tap into practical resources, knowledge, and connections to best do their work. Our support is led by Indigenous Guardian priorities and needs.
Indigenous Guardians are the experts - we are here to help.
Looking for program support? The TST provides free, practical, and technical support that is tailored to meet the needs of Indigenous Guardians and program staff, including:
- One-on-one calls to provide light-touch technical support and help Indigenous Guardians make the most of the Indigenous Guardians Toolkit.
- Tailored workshops and conversations that support the on-the-ground work Indigenous Guardians and their teams are doing. Common topics include: program visioning and planning, governance structure, Indigenous Guardian workflow, tasks and operations, training and capacity building, safety procedures, policies, and checklists and data collection and monitoring.
Meet the Team
James (Jimmy) Morgan, TST Facilitator - Jimmy works for Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs. He brings years of experience as a Guardian and supervising field technician, monitoring wildlife and fisheries, to his current work supporting Guardian programs in his own Nation, and other First Nations. Jimmy works as part of the federal First Nations Joint Working Group on Indigenous Guardians. As part of the TST, he brings years of experience with every aspect of Guardian work, from boots on the ground (and in water!) to crew supervision, operations, and program management.
Jonaki Bhattacharyya, TST Coordinator - Jonaki is an ethnoecologist who works with Indigenous Nations on wildlife and ecosystem conservation, resource management, and planning. Jonaki has worked to support a variety of Indigenous Guardians and programs across scales, from individuals working out field protocols, to integrating Indigenous knowledge with science, to network-level strategic planning and facilitation. She also specializes in Indigenous-led Protected Areas and culturally appropriate wildlife stewardship.
Emily Diemert, TST Communications Coordinator - Emily is a community-based organizer, researcher, and social work graduate. Emily has been privileged to work with several Indigenous Nations in North and South America, focusing on Indigenous-led projects reclaiming traditional food systems, water stewardship, and land sovereignty. She is grateful to support the TST’s efforts to encourage and support Indigenous Guardians in the essential work they are doing.
Claire Hutton, TST Nature United Lead - Claire currently works as the Indigenous Stewardship Director at Nature United and provides support to the Indigenous Guardian Technical Support Team. Claire has over 15 years of experience working directly with First Nations to support their authority to manage their lands and waters. Claire helped to establish the Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network and continues to be passionate and committed to supporting the work of Indigenous Guardians.