Twenty-three participants from nine Nations on the coast took part in a Stewardship Technicians Training program delivered through a partnership between Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative and Vancouver Island University. The training program wrapped up with a graduation ceremony in Port Hardy. In all, ten participants complet all seven courses and three others completed a majority of the courses:
Nuxalkmc elders, hereditary chiefs, and other community members gathered on the banks of the Bella Coola river on March 29th, to bring back a ceremony they hope will encourage the sputc (eulachon) to return to the river in abundance once again.
Guardian watchmen and other stewardship field staff patrol their territories most days from early spring to late fall. To support the expanding role of First Nations stewardship staff, Coastal First Nations - Great Bear Initiative and Vancouver Island University have partnered to develop a one year Stewardship Technicians training program. The training provides an opportunity for First Nations field staff to hone skills and learn the most up to data approaches to protecting resource values.