Stewardship Technicians Training Program

A collaborative program between Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative and Vancouver Island University, the Stewardship Technicians Training Program (STTP) provides applied stewardship training for First Nations throughout BC's Central and North Coast and Haida Gwaii.

Drawing upon the extensive skills and knowledge of local community members, the program offers industry-recognized certificates and university credits that can be applied toward further studies, and the tangible skills required for working in the growing field of resource stewardship.

STTP supports those interested in or already working as Coastal Guardian Watchmen, fisheries technicians, heritage surveyors, environmental monitors and other resource management field positions. Emphasis is placed on individual and group learning, building on the strengths each participant brings to the group. Instructors with extensive field knowledge teach both classroom and field-based learning. Coordinators are present throughout the program to provide additional support for students.

Applications are now closed for the Stewardship Technicians Training Program.

Cohort 1 of the STTP completed their training in March 2017, and Cohort 2 is completing the second and final year of the program from September 2017 to March 2018. Click here for information about Cohort 1 and Cohort 2, including course descriptions and dates.

Cohort 3, an adapted, one-year version of the STTP, is being delivered November 2017 to March 2018. Click here for information about Cohort 3, including course descriptions and dates.

For more information, contact our Training Coordinators:
Dana Holtby ( or 250-532-2940)
Elodie Button ( or 250-532-0462)

This program is made possible through the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and the in-kind support of the Tula Foundation.