Nature United is excited to announce our latest initiative to support Indigenous Guardians in Canada: The Indigenous Guardians Technical Support Team (TST)! Are you interested in establishing a Guardian program and looking for steps to start? Does your Nation have a new Guardian program that is just getting up and running and looking for technical resources?
$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