Monitoring and Technical Skills for Indigenous Guardians


Monitoring and Technical Skills for Indigenous Guardians


It’s important to identify what technical or “hard” skills your Guardians need to conduct the monitoring and field work you have prioritized for your program.

These skills vary from program to program depending on your priorities and activities.

Some monitoring and technical field skills include:

  • Environmental Monitoring – water quality, construction/development sites, contaminated sites. 
    • Fisheries – electrofishing, fish identification, fish habitat, stream restoration, water monitoring. 
    • Wildlife – wildlife ecology, wildlife monitoring techniques, habitat survey, population survey. 
    • Forestry – forest inventory, vegetation, soil sampling, riparian inventory, habitat restoration. 
    • Restoration – stream restoration, habitat restoration
  • Compliance Monitoring – relevant Indigenous laws, relevant Canadian laws and regulations, observe-record-report procedures, note-taking, evidence gathering
  • Archeology and Cultural Heritage – archaeological inventory, culturally modified tree inventory, cultural site protection
  • Natural Resource Management – land use planning, marine use planning, wildlife management, fisheries management, forest management, protected area management