Karajarri and Lutsel K'e Dene to Participate in Learning Exchange with Kitasoo/Xai'xais, Heiltsuk and Metlakatla Stewardship Staff

August 17, 2014 (All day)
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A cross-cultural learning exchange will take place August 18 to 26th between Indigenous land and sea managers and rangers from the Kimberly Land Council in western Australia, the Lutsel K'e Dene Nation in the Northwest Territories and stewardship staff from Kitasoo/Xai'xais, Heiltsuk and Metlakatla Nations.  The Australian visitors are from the Karajarri Traditional Owners Association and include Karajarri land and sea managers, rangers, and cultural leaders. We will also be joined by rangers and stewardship advisors from the Lutsel K'e Dene Nation in the Northwest Territories.

In Klemtu, the delegation will learn about the Kitasoo SEAS youth intern program and spend a day in the field with the Kitasoo Guardian Watchmen, visiting the Mussel Conservancy to learn about bear research and the Spirit Bear Adventures tourism program. In Bella Bella, the group will have an open house with Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department staff to share experiences around marine use, fisheries, land use and cultural heritage management, then travel to Koeye to learn about the youth camps and CoastWatch programs undertaken by the QQS Projects Society. The last stop will be Metlakatla to spend time with stewardship staff sharing approaches to economic development initiatives such as the essential oils project and the wilderness trail. They will also discuss and how the Metlakatla is responding to multiple development referrals.

The purpose of the exchange will be to share stories and discover new ideas for traditional land, water and cultural management, including different approaches to Resource Stewardship governance structures, conservancy management, marine and land use planning and monitoring, and fisheries management; innovative youth stewardship and cultural programs; and First Nations economic development initiatives.