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NY Times Features Coastal First Nations and Guardian Watchmen
November 16, 2016 (All day)
In this feature story, the NY Times highlights Indigenous communities from across North America as they fight to protect their traditional territories.
With quotes from Chantal Pronteau and Curtis Rollie, both Coastal Guardian Watchmen from the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nation, as well as key leaders in the Heiltsuk First Nation, including William Housty and Kelly Brown, the article rightly links Indigenous authority with environmental stewardship and sustainability, and points out the unique importance of Coastal First Nations that have not signed treaties or ceded control of their lands.
“What it comes down to is our cultural history, and the land that we’ve been handed down by our ancestors to take care of,” says William Housty, chairman of the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department. “At the end of the day, we need to manage ourselves.”