First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii, and across the entirety of what is now called Canada, have been stewarding their lands and waters for millennia. Since the onset of colonialism, Indigenous Peoples have worked tirelessly—through litigation, direct action, and diplomacy—to assert their continued role and responsibility as stewards of their territories for future generations.
Starting with the Haida Nation, and what later became the COASTAL GUARDIAN WATCHMEN NETWORK, the work of monitoring and safeguarding Indigenous lands and waters by the people who know them best has recently taken the form of Indigenous Guardian programs.
The pivotal work of Coastal First Nations in laying the groundwork for Indigenous Guardian programs that now span the country was featured in a recent ARTICLE by Sierra Magazine.
Read more at Coastalfunds.ca