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The Coastal Stewardship Network organizes training and professional development courses based on the priorities and needs identified by the Stewardship Directors' Committee. Resource Stewardship Office directors and managers have improved their skills and knowledge in areas such as Leadership Skills, Strategic Communications and Negotiations, Project Budgeting and Financial Management, and Project Management.
In 2013, a one year Stewardship Technician training was initiated in partnership with Vancouver Island University. Sixteen participants from seven First Nations on the coast are completing a series of modules specifically selected or designed to support the roles and responsibilities of Guardian Watchmen and other resource stewardship field staff.
Courses offered are: Monitoring for Environmental Compliance, Note-Taking and Evidence Gathering, Archaeology and CMT Inventory Training, Parks and Protected Areas, Environmental Monitoring, Resource Seminar Series and Marine Motor Servicing. Students who fully complete the CFN Stewardship Technician training program will receive up to 8 credits toward VIU’s Resource Management Officer Technology (RMOT) Diploma, in addition to other relevant industry certificates such as the Archaeology Branch Resource Information Standards Committee (RISC) Certificate and the BCIT Parks Administration exam, a requirement for employment within BC Parks.
For more information about the professional development and training opportunities developed for Coastal First Nations Resource Stewardship Offices, please contact Sandra Thomson at the Coastal Stewardship Network: 250-325-7263 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact Sheila Cooper, Aboriginal Projects Manager at Vancouver Island University: 250-753-3245 local 2804 or Sheila.Cooper@viu.ca for more information about the Stewardship Technician training. We would like to acknowledge the support of Hakai Beach Institute for generously hosting the first four modules of our training this summer.