Da'naxda'xw Awaetlala

The traditional territory of the Da’naxda'xw/Awaetlala First Nation is the area of coastal British Columbia known as Knight Inlet. The territory includes all the lands from which water flows into the Klinaklini River or into Knight Inlet. The boundary of the Territory is marked by the height of land encircling the headwaters of the Klinaklini River on the Chilcotin Plateau and the Knight Inlet watershed on the BC coast. The western extent of the territory on the Inlet runs from the vicinity of Matsui Creek southwest to the south shore of the Inlet. The Da’naxda'xw/Awaetlala traditional territory covers 8,105 km2 with the marine portion covering 215 km.

It is a current key goal of the Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlala Guardian Watchmen Program to gather data for collection in a data management system that will support the program’s activities and administration long term.

As part of our Guardian Watchmen Program, Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlala have constructed three cabins at key locations to support long term environmental monitoring in the territory. Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlala is currently undertaking several Guardian Watchmen activities, including  monitoring tourism activity in the region, and water flow levels at Dzawadi, Franklin and Sim Creeks. Beginning in 2015 we will also be monitoring the wildlife populations in our territory of moose, deer, grizzly bear and black bear, and cougar. 


Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 14:45 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... more


Monday, March 19, 2018 - 09:15 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... more


Friday, July 14, 2017 - 11:30 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... more

The Da’naxda’xw Guardians build their know-how and their network

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 15:30 The Da’naxda’xw Guardians build their know-how and their network  2015 was a big year for Da’naxda’xw Guardians Harold Glendale and Stanley Beans. Both men were still feeling their way in their roles... more