Gilakas’la, welcome from the members of the Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network!


We are a collective of First Nations working to fulfill our stewardship responsibilities within our traditional areas on North Vancouver Island and mainland coast, off the Pacific coast of what is now British Columbia, Canada.

TELLING US WHERE WE CAME FROM

“The information in our archaeological sites is very important for the First Nations,” says Wei Wai Kum member Christine Roberts. “It helps us keep track of our history. It’s evidence, it tells us where we came from.” In 2017 Christine was part of a Wei Wai Kum team researching and updating...

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IT’S ALL ABOUT DOING IT RIGHT

It’s not hard to do things the right way, says long-time K’òmoks Guardian Watchman Cory Frank. “Based on my experience,” says Cory, “the best thing to do if you have a project or something you want to do in the territory, is come and talk to us.” It’s a pretty simple formula for best practice on...

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NOT JUST IN THE JOB: ON THE JOB

Being a Guardian Watchman is not just a career but a way of life, say Mamalilikulla Chief Richard Sumner and Guardian Watchman Darren Puglas. “Anyone doing this job is someone who isn’t scared of working hard,” says Mamalilikulla Chief Richard Sumner adamantly. “It isn’t 9 to 5! Anything can happen...

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THERE’S NOTHING LIKE BEING THERE

Ha-ma-yas First Nations host a field trip for visitors into the territories to see what’s happening on the ground. “When you see for yourself what it is you and everyone else is working for, it switches on the light,” observes Mamalilikulla Chief Richard Sumner. “There’s no better way to achieve...

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STEPPING UP TO BE A GUARDIAN WATCHMAN

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a Mamalilikulla Guardian Watchman? Ever thought about why you might want to learn how to be one, and join us in our work? Darren Puglas, who is one of our Guardians and who graduates this March from Vancouver Island University as a certified Stewardship Technician...

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GRIZZLY BEARS IN THE RAIN

It doesn’t matter much if it is raining when tourists see their first grizzly bears, says Da’naxda’xw Guardian Watchman Stanley Beans. “There’s usually quite a bit of high-pitched screeching and then lots of picture-taking,” grins Beans. “It’s a pretty exciting moment.” Beans and his fellow Da’...

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GOING BACK TO THE SOURCE

“Shellfish are a food source that could feed the world,” says Gina Thomas enthusiastically. Along with Brandon Wilson, Thomas is one of Tlowitsis’ two fulltime Guardian Watchmen. “We have such pristine waters here in our territory,” Thomas continues.” It’s an ideal place to put people to work...

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LEADERS OF THE PACK

The first cohort of students in Vancouver Island University’s Stewardship Technician Training Program graduated with flying colours in March: creating a pathway that First Nations students following in their footsteps can walk with confidence and pride. “You have to be committed to the course and...

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PRESENT AND ACCOUNTED FOR

Mamalilikulla’s vision for a sustainable stewardship future “We want to be present on our lands and waters in a way we have not been able to be for generations,” says Mamalilkulla First Nation Chief Richard Sumner emphatically. “We want to let people know that we’re here, taking care of our...

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2016 a busy field season!

Putting Training into Action Tlowitsis Guardians Gina Thomas and Brandon Wilson have a large territory to cover, lots to do, and only two of them to do it all. “So we have to be very strategic about what projects we undertake,” says Gina. “Last year, the strategy was to make sure we spent our time...

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Traditional Territories of participating Nations