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.

A Togetherness of Guardians

The 2019 annual gathering of the Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network involved watershed planning, “deep time” archaeological surveys, eDNA, the ICO, story-telling, karaoke and more. A gathering on Quadra The latest gathering of the Ha-ma-yas First Nations Guardians took place over four days in May this...

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HELPING THE KELP

The giant and bull kelp plants that grace British Columbia’s waters are not only beautiful to look at; they are important indicators of the province’s coastal ecosystem health. First Nations Guardians are part of the vital and exciting work taking place to learn more about them. “Some of the areas...

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MAKING THE CONNECTION

Visitors hosted in the Nanwakolas First Nations’ territories by the Guardians are awed and inspired by seeing what’s happening out on the land and water. Between October 1 and 4 this year, a privileged group of individuals from the provincial government, Tides Canada and the Hakai Institute toured...

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BACK TO THE FUTURE

How understanding BC’s ancient coastal heritage sites better will help protect them for future generations to cherish. Imagine for a moment scenes like this: Ross Bay Cemetery in Victoria—where many of British Columbia’s settlers are buried—with its graves dug up, bones scattered haphazardly or...

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INFINITE POSSIBILITY

For the twenty-six graduates of Vancouver Island University’s innovative and ground-breaking 2015—2018 First Nations Stewardship Technicians Training Program, the future is unlimited.  “What do you feel was your greatest success in the program?”  “Learning about myself, and gaining the confidence...

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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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Traditional Territories of participating Nations