What makes a good guardian?

Being a guardian is a vocation as much as it is a job. Finding the right people who understand the significance of their role and are passionate about the stewardship of their lands and waters is important.

Look for people who have a keen interest in their culture, good communication skills, a willingness to learn, practical experience and technical skills for working in the field, and the fortitude to work outdoors, sometimes in harsh conditions.  Here are some qualities to look for:

You may not find everything in one person, so build a strong team with strengths and skills that complement each other. For example, you can partner staff who have lots of experience working on boats or in the bush with younger staff who understand the technology for data collection.

You may not find everything in one person, so build a strong team with strengths and skills that complement each other. For example, you can partner staff who have lots of experience working on boats or in the bush with younger staff who understand the technology for data collection.

It makes me feel proud to be a Guardian, to hear other people recognize the beauty of my home and people always leave with a better understanding of our work, our culture, and the importance of stewarding our lands and waters for future generations. 

Chantal Pronteau, Kitasoo Xai'Xais Guardian
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