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The Gitga’at are working to achieve an ecosystem-based approach to land and resource management that recognizes the interdependence of the community’s cultural, spiritual and economic wellbeing and the health of the lands, waters and resources in Gitga’at Territory.
From the beginning of their time, the Gitga’at people have existed in their Territory, dependent upon its abundance and richness. The wellbeing of the Gitga’at community is intricately related to the health of their lands and waters and the abundance of resources therein. The Gitga’at are committed to an approach to land and marine use planning that reflects and emphasizes the need to sustain this relationship.
The Gitga’at are working to achieve an ecosystem-based approach to land and marine resource management that recognizes the interdependence of the community’s cultural, spiritual and economic wellbeing and the health of the lands, waters and resources in Gitga’at Territory.
The Gitga’at Guardian Watchmen program is part of the Gitga’at Stewardship Program and works to:
- Protect and conserve Gitga’at cultural and traditional properties and resources
- Ensure sustainable management of the lands, waters and natural resources on Gitga’at territory
- Gain greater access and control over the benefits that flow from the development and use of the lands, waters and natural resources on Gitga’at territory
- Assist the Gitga’at community to develop and implement land and marine use stewardship plans
- Conserve and sustainably manage land and marine cultural resources, including seaweed, shellfish and other marine resource harvest sites, current and abandoned village sites, and important fish species and their supporting habitats and ecosystems.
- Respect and accommodate Gitga’at rights and title.
What are we monitoring?:
The Gitga’at First Nations began an extensive Coast Monitoring Program in 2008 to collect baseline information for the marine resources on their territories including:
- Sampling small streams for fish presence and habitat characteristics
- Bird surveys
- Intertidal diversity using photo surveys and beach seines
- Collecting mussels for baseline hydrocarbon toxicity
- Collecting sightings of marine mammals and cetaceans
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