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Nuxalk Nation

Stewardship

Upholding Nuxalk laws, culture, and language and guided by Nuxalk ancestral governance, Nuxalk Stewardship is committed to ensuring its lands and waters remain healthy for the current and future needs of all beings in our territory. Smaw ti slq’ilh (One Heart, One Mind).

Stewardship

The Nuxalk Stewardship Office (NSO) acts as the Alkw (spokesperson) for the Stataltmc (hereditary leadership) on the territory. The role of the NSO is to ensure Nuxalk lands and waters are managed in a sustainable way with respect for Nuxalk Ancestral Law. We support decision-making by informing and educating in a way that is respectful of leadership and benefits the Nation as a whole.
Vacant
Stewardship Director
Email
Ph: 250 799 5613 ext. 222
Rhonda Morton (Plcwlaqs)
Stewardship Office Assistant
Email
Ph: 250 799 5613 ext. 252

Fisheries & Wildlife

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Jason Moody
Fisheries and Wildlife Program Manager
Email 1
Email 2
Ph: 250 799 5149
Troy Anderson
Field Technician
Curt Edgar
Field Technician
Ron Schooner
Field Technician
Shanti Tallio-Milton
Field Technician

Marine Use

The Marine Use department is engaged in a wide variety of different activities in Nuxalk territory including fisheries, oil-spill preparedness, commercial shipping, forestry, conservation, climate change adaptation and marine management. Our current focus areas are addressing the crisis in salmon stocks, the Fisheries Resources Reconciliation Agreement (FRRA), the development of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) network and a feasibility study with the federal government for a National Marine Conservation Area Reserve (NMCAR).

The department exists to implement the goals and objectives identified in the Nuxalk Marine Plan and the Central Coast Marine Plan. These plans guide decision-making processes in the territory, protect Nuxalk’s natural resources, and help to identify zones that need protecting.
Kimbaya Carriere
Marine Manager
Email
Ph: 250 799 5613 ext. 222
Christopher Nelson
Marine Use Coordinator
Email
Ph: 250 799 5613 ext. 228
Vacant
National Marine Conservation Area Reserve Community Coordinator
Email
Ph: 250 799 5613 ext. 228

Nuxalk Guardian Watchmen

Nuxalk Guardian Watchmen are the eyes and ears of Nuxalk territory and play a critical role in all aspects of stewardship. The Guardians conduct regular patrols and monitoring exercises throughout the territory checking for compliance and carrying out scientific studies and analysis on marine species. Guardians ensure that resources are sustainably managed, that rules and regulations are followed and that land and marine use agreements are implemented effectively.

The Nuxalk Guardian Watchmen are part of the larger network of Coastal Guardian Watchmen who have come together as a regional group to steward the coast, but function independently according to Nuxalk customs and protocol.
Ernie Tallio
Guardian Manager
Email
Ph: 250 799 5613 ext. 242
John Sampson
Guardian Watchman
Roger Harris
Guardian Watchman
Charles Saunders
Guardian Watchman
Clayton Walkus
Guardian Watchman
Carlos Edgar
Guardian Watchman

Lands

The Lands Department plays a vital role in the stewardship and preservation of the Nuxalk Nation Traditional Territory. The department is dedicated to managing and monitoring the vast and diverse lands within Nuxalk ancestral boundaries. With a deep understanding of the cultural heritage and a commitment to sustainable practices, this department strives to strike a harmonious balance between the needs of our community and the protection of our natural resources.

Additionally, the Lands Department are entrusted with the important task of developing the Nuxalk Nation Land Use Plan, which serves as a comprehensive framework for responsible land management and guides the future development and utilization of Nuxalk territory.

Through collaboration, consultation, and a holistic approach, the Lands Department is committed to ensuring the sustainable growth and prosperity of the Nuxalk Nation while honoring the traditions and values of Nuxalkmc.
Ian Pootlass
Lands Manager
Email
Ph: 250 799 5613 ext. 216
Taylor Fraser
Referrals
Email
Ph: 250 799 5613 ext. 216

Ancestral Governance

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Jacob Gascoyne
Indigenous Law Cultural Researcher
Email
Ph: 250 799 5613 ext. 234
Iris Siwallace
Indigenous Law Cultural Researcher
Email
Ph: 250 799 5613 ext. 234
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