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About the Network
Supporting coastal First Nations Resource Stewardship Offices to manage, monitor, steward and protect their lands and waters
The Network works with First Nations communities on the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii to build stronger local Resource Stewardship Offices. The Network:
- Provides support to increase the capacity of local Resource Stewardship Offies
- Facilitates communication and networking between First Nations stewardship staff
- Supports the development of a regional monitoring system on the coast
- Develops outreach materials to raise awareness about Resource Stewardship Office activities
Protecting the Lands and Waters
First Nations have safeguarded the health of their territorial lands and waters on BC’s coast since time immemorial. Today Resource Stewardship Offices have stewardship managers, Guardian Watchmen and technicians who manage and monitor the health of the traditional foods, plant and animal species, and habitats on their territories that have ecological and cultural importance to their communities. They also monitor the impacts of activities such as commercial and sport fishing, logging, and tourism.
Integrated Resource Stewardship Offices play a critical role in successful resource management by helping to implement land and marine use agreements and ensuring rules and regulations are followed in their territories.
Guardian Watchmen work on behalf of their Nations to monitor and patrol their territory throughout the season. The document what they see using the Regional Monitoring System and document any concerns or environmental infractions. They play an important role in engaging with visitors and resource users on their territory. Watch for Guardian Watchmen out on the water – they are the ones flying the Guardian Watchmen flag!