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Strengthening Relationships and Capacity - Fourth Annual Guardian Watchmen Gathering a Big Success
July 4, 2011 (All day)
The fourth Annual Guardian Watchmen Gathering brought together over 50 First Nations Guardian Watchmen, resource stewardship practitioners and technical specialists from up and down the coast, to share knowledge and experiences about their local programs and learn new skills. This year's Gathering marked the launch of CoastTracker, a hand held mobile device for collecting Regional Monitoring System data on ecological and cultural indicators.
Participants also received the new "Environmental Laws: A Field Guide for BC's North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii" and honed their skills at identifying and responding to suspicious activities.
The Gathering was held at Hakai Beach Institute from May 29th to June 3rd and provided participants from eight Coastal First Nations a space to strengthen existing relationships, welcome new faces, and strategize on issues of common concern on the coast.
Jessie Housty was our official witness for the gathering - you can check out her inspiring blog more thoughts and reflections. Caitlyn Vernon has also written about the gathering on the Sierra Club BC website and her blog. Check out these photos from the conference and check back soon for conference proceedings.
We would like to thank Sierra Club BC, Tula Foundation, Moore Foundation and The Nature Conservancy for their support for this Gathering. We would also like to thank Coast Opportunity Funds, Sierra Club BC, Vancouver Foundation, Mountain Equipment Co-op, The Nature Conservancy, Tides Canada and the Environmental Law Clinic for their support for the Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network and the Regional Monitoring Strategy.