How are information, education and outreach connected to compliance?
Indigenous Guardians play an important role in educating and encouraging people to learn about and follow rules and regulations. In fact, people involved in many different types of enforcement say that education and outreach is by far the most used and impactful tactic for achieving compliance.
In order for guardians to feel comfortable explaining the rules and asking people to comply with them, they need to have a clear understanding of and be confident about what the rules are. Ensure that guardians have adequate training and the resources they need to make this work easier.
A field guide to environmental laws and regulations in BC was developed for guardians on the west coast to support them to conduct outreach and education with visitors and resource users. You can read more about it in the story 'Guardians Equipped with Easy-to-Use Guidebook on Environmental Laws' or download the guidebook. There are also several links below to permits and hunting regulations that guardians educate people about in their respective territories.