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“Indigenous communities across the country are playing a critical role in collecting water data that is invaluable for informing water stewardship” says Carolyn DuBois who leads Mackenzie DataStream through The Gordon Foundation.
Members of the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nation have been actively observing bears on their territory for millennia. Bears have a deeply rooted cultural significance to the community. Community members have been observing changes in how the bears are using the territory.
“Developing a stewardship vision for the Dehcho took time and had to be done the Dehcho way,” explains Dahti Tsetso, Resource Management Coordinator, Dehcho First Nations. “We did the first workshop on the land, in the bush, and this helped create the right setting. We’d start each workshop by feeding the fire.
Confidence, trust, local knowledge and experience are key to being safe on coastal waters. When the Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations (GNN) started their Guardian Watchman program they had one boat that was used for patrols and a water taxi service. In their first year on the water, they racked up close to $50,000 worth of damages and repairs.
You’ve just returned from being out on patrol when a community member approaches you to say there is a fisherman in trouble around the point. You know how quickly the weather turns because you just battled strong winds all the way home. The Coast Guard has been called but you know that by the time they reach the scene, the boat could be on the bottom of the ocean.
Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN) is taking an innovative approach to designing and delivering a community-based environmental monitoring training program. The program is for First Nations and Métis people in two northern Alberta communities, Fort Chipewyan and Fort McMurray.
Two networks that provide support to Indigenous guardians on BC’s coast, the Coastal Stewardship Network and the Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network, partnered with the Office of Aboriginal Education at Vancouver Island University (VIU) to develop a custom, vocational training program designed specifically for Indigenous guardians.
In some places, guardians are playing a role in ensuring that Indigenous laws related to lands and resources are understood and followed by visitors to their territory. Having pamphlets and information on Indigenous laws that guardians can hand out and share with visitors can be very helpful.
Indigenous Guardians on the west coast decided that they needed a quick and easy summary of the most important laws that visitors in their territory should be following. The information needed to clear and understandable. It also had to be accessible when guardians were out patrolling their lands and waters.