$2.3 Million per year – that is the amount that the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations hope to one day generate each year for their Guardian program and other projects in their community through an Ecosystem Service fee.
“We were really surprised at how naturally we bonded with the Tahltan Guardians because our language is similar. They used the same words for different animals and through these words we realized our relationship to the land was the same.“
“There has been a 63% increase in shipping and tourism vessel voyages in Nunavut waters since 2007. All because the ice flows have decreased due to climate change. Our communities have many concerns: How does this traffic stress wildlife being in such close proximity to these vessels?
No matter where you are in developing your Indigenous Guardian program, thinking about training to support your Indigenous Guardians is likely on your mind. Indigenous Guardians need a variety of knowledge and skills, from cultural knowledge about their territory to necessary safety certifications.
“I’ve got buy-in from my crew and they’re all focused on following protocol and being safe. It comes down to good pre- and post-trip procedures and making sure that everyone follows them.” Ernie Tallio, Nuxalk Guardian Watchman Manager
What do sink hole damages at the Inuvik airport, dying birch in Yellowknife, and a spring cold snap in Whitehorse have in common? They are all unusual local observations submitted to the Local Environmental Observer Network (LEO) website that could be indicators of a changing climate.