Four northern BC First Nations communities are set to take part in a federal pilot program which aims to protect and conserve traditional Indigenous lands.
In total, 28 communities across Canada will benefit from a 25 million dollar, 4 year, investment in the Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program.
In Dease Lake, the Tahltan Central Government will develop a climate change monitoring program based on the seasonal movements of woodland caribou.
Elders and youths from the Fort Nelson First Nation will come together to track wildlife data and climate changes in their traditional lands.
The Tsilhqot’in Nation will receive funding to continue integration initiatives in Williams Lake.
And, in Lower Post, the Kaska Dena Council will establish baseline water monitoring sites in 5 to 10 waterbodies in the Liard watershed.
The pilot programs will be monitored and used to assist in the creation of a National Indigenous Guardians Framework.