The Network Unites Local Guardian Watchmen Programs on the Coast

The Network was created in 2005 when Guardian Watchmen from up and down the coast came together for the first time to assess what was needed to develop and expand the role of local Guardian Watchmen programs and to ensure effective implementation of land and marine use plans and other sustainable resource management initiatives.

Participants identified two main priorities:

  • Establish a network of Guardian Watchmen practitioners to facilitate ongoing dialogue, cooperation and learning between communities
  • Develop a relevant training program to build the skills and capacity of communities to strengthen their Guardian Watchmen efforts

A Regionally Relevant and Accredited Guardian Watchmen Training Program

The first priority of the Network was to help facilitate the development a community-based and regionally relevant accredited training program that focused on monitoring land and water-based resource activities on traditional territories. With input from the Sierra Club BC and Qqs Project Society, Northwest Community College developed the Guardian Watchmen Training Program and has delivered it for the past two years.

Networking and Capacity Building throughout the Region

Since 2005, Network activities have included: