Metlakatla people are the stewards of their traditional lands and waters. They have existed on their territorial lands and waters since time immemorial as the eyes and the ears. They have the authority and responsibility under traditional laws to protect cultural and natural values for future generations. The community is working toward building a Metlakatla Guardian Watchmen program that will support, strengthen and compliment current monitoring efforts.
Monitoring and stewarding our territory is not a new endeavor and the Nation is working on a number of fronts to gain more decision-making authority. An integrated Metlakatla Guardian Watchmen program is necessary to support resource stewardship initiatives and is vital to protecting the quality of life of Metlakatla community members. It will enable Metlakatla to play an active and effective role in implementing land and resource agreements and managing the territory to meet community values.