A selection of our latest work in policy development, traditional use research, and knowledge mobilization.
Lower Nicola Indian Band Solid Waste Management Planning (2019)
Land Forest People supported the Lower Nicola Indian Band over three months to develop a plan to improve their solid waste management systems. The plan was informed by members of the community, including advocates for recycling and composting, and is expected to help Lower Nicola achieve better environmental and financial outcomes in all aspects of solid waste management. The project has also been a catalyst for strengthened relationships and new partnership opportunities with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District and the City of Merritt.
Xwemálhkwu Land and Marine Use Planning (2018–)
Land Forest People is working with Xwemálhkwu land managers and community researchers to develop land and marine use policy for traditional territory in Johnstone Strait, Desolation Sound, and Bute Inlet. The project draws on extensive community values surveying, archival and new traditional use interviews, and participatory mapping to support on- and off-reserve planning for sustainable forest practices, ecotourism, and continued access to culturally significant resources.
Nak’azdli Whut’en Land Stewardship Planning (2018–)
Land Forest People is supporting Nak’azdli Whut’en land managers in developing land use policy for Nak’azdli’s keyoh – 2.5 million hectares of traditional territory in north-central British Columbia. The project has included extensive engagement with community members on past, present, and desired future land use, and integrates both traditional ecological knowledge and scientific understandings of the keyoh (such as watershed-level hydrological analysis). The project will support the Nak’azdli Natural Resources Office in asserting Nak’azdli rights and title across lands and waters and is an important step towards the protection and recovery of old growth forest, moose, caribou, marten, and grizzly bear in the keyoh.
Q'aLaTKu7eM Flood Mitigation Project (2018–)
Land Forest People is working with the Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council and Samahquam Ucwalmicw to explore options for flood mitigation in the community of Q’aLaTKu7eM, near the confluence of the Lillooet River and Billygoat (29 Mile) Creek. The work is being undertaken in collaboration with archaeological and geotechnical experts and has involved navigating both a newly-discovered Stl’atl’imx village site and the unique situation of Q’aLaTKu7eM within the Lillooet River floodplain to design a culturally-sensitive and sustainable solution for the community.
Sq'ewá:lxw Digital Atlas (2018)
Associate Jonathan Taggart worked with Sq'ewá:lxw community researchers to create the Sq'ewá:lxw Digital Atlas – a community-accessible, secure online map portal combining Elders' knowledge and stories with 360º imagery documentation of culturally significant places throughout the Lexwthíthesam and Lexwskw’owōwelh watersheds. The project is a knowledge-mobilizing extension of the Sq'ewá:lxw Traditional Land Use & Ecological Knowledge study designed to reinvigorate place-based knowledge and stories across generations. Sq'ewá:lxw weaver Crystal Chapman was commissioned to weave virtual reality goggles from yellow cedar through which members could view 360º imagery at a community project launch and celebration.
Sq’ewá:lxw Community Vision Planning (2017–)
For two years Land Forest People and Sq’ewá:lxw leaders have engaged Sq’ewá:lxw community members in a Comprehensive Community Planning project – the Sq’ewá:lxw Community Vision Project. Comprehensive Community Planning is an ongoing process through which communities plan development in a way that meets local needs and aspirations in all aspects of community life. Through a series of participatory planning sq’ép – the Halq’eméylem word for gathering – Sq’ewá:lxw community members have set policies and priorities for health, governance, safety & security, housing, education, economic development, culture, and fishing. The plan’s final report is supplemented with a richly-illustrated and interactive online map through which community members can navigate the planning process and visualize the Sq’ewá:lxw future as articulated in sq’ép.
Sq’ewá:lxw Traditional Land Use & Ecological Knowledge Study (2017)
Associate Jonathan Taggart worked with Sq’ewá:lxw community researchers to record and map Elders’ knowledge and stories of culturally significant places throughout the Lexwthíthesam and Lexwskw’owōwelh watersheds. The project foregrounds Elders’ narratives of traditional ecological knowledge and environmental change, indexes Sq’ewá:lxw culturally significant species with their use and distribution, and illustrates the Sq’ewá:lxw seasonal round. The project supports the Stó:lō Resource and Research Management Centre in responding to development applications in S’ól h Téméxw (Stó:lō Territory) and mobilizing knowledge of place across generations.
Cultural and Environmental Stewardship at Tsek (2016)
Working with the In-SHUCK-ch Development Corporation, Land Forest People produced a series of videos outlining the cultural, spiritual, social, and economic values of Tsek Hot Springs. Tsek is a culturally significant place for the Lower Stl'atl'imx people, as well as a popular tourist destination; the video series communicates specific risk to the site and outlines possible measures to control erosion and manage tourist access to protect both cultural and natural values.
Video production by associate Jonathan Taggart; Aerial videography by Mike Bellegarde.
Sq'ewá:lxw: Memories of Ruby Creek (2015)
Land Forest People principle David Carson interviewed Sq’ewá:lxw Elders for the documentary “Memories of Ruby Creek”, produced by Bear Image Productions. The film is a gift from Sq’ewá:lxw Elders to the community, and particularly to the youth: sharing of the stories has contributed to a stronger community across the generations. Land Forest People extends congratulations to Sq'ewá:lxw First Nation and Bear Image Productions, and offers a heartfelt thank you to the community, particularly to Elders Delores, Margaret, Mary, Lucy, Charles, and the late Gladys.