B.C. Indigenous guardians sound alarm about impact of climate change – Canadian Press


Very good article about positive developments just to the north of us. In our area, the Marine Resources Committee are taking very similar steps as is the Marine Science Center. But there is no reason that a new group could not take hold here among the Tribes. Perhaps it already has, and it’s worth remembering that the Jamestown S’Klallam, who’s traditional lands we live on, have been leaders in environmental monitoring and restoration of the Dungeness and waters of Sequim Bay, along with restoration of the creeks of their lands and salmon recovery efforts.

Growing up in a small, remote First Nations community in northwestern British Columbia, Jarett Quock found he faced racism and stereotypes from non-Indigenous people whenever he left the reserve. The treatment took a toll on him, damaging his pride in his Tahltan Nation roots. It was only after he began work as an Indigenous guardian — monitoring the effects of climate change on his territory — that he recovered his confidence….More than 40 Indigenous communities in Canada have launched guardian programs, which employ local members to monitor ecosystems and protect sensitive areas and species. At a national gathering in Vancouver this week, guardians raised alarm about environmental degradation and climate change in their territories. Laura Kane reports. (Canadian Press)

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