For millennia, the Wei Wai Kum, part of the Laich-Kwil-Tach group of First Nations, have watched over and cared for the lands and waters in their territory. Today, the Nation’s Guardians combine traditional knowledge with scientific tools to carry out that responsibility in a modern way, bringing their findings back to decision makers.
The Heiltsuk Tribal Council has purchased Widsten Holdings Inc., which includes the Shearwater Resort and Marina, as well as other related businesses. Through its Haíɫcístut (reconciliation) process, the Heiltsuk Tribal Council has negotiated agreements with the governments of Canada and British Columbia, which include funding for economic development.
The Kitasoo / Xai’xais have expanded and modernized their hydroelectric facility, increasing its generating capacity from 0.6 to 1.7 megawatts. This renewable energy will support the growth of the community, providing electricity for homes and businesses.
The Mamalilikulla Guardians are re-asserting the Nation’s presence in their territories, conducting research and restoration, monitoring industrial and recreational activity, and protecting cultural assets. With the Nation’s 10-year stewardship vision, they are mapping a path forward to do even more.
K’ómoks First Nation have stewarded the lands and waters of their vast territory since time immemorial. Today, that ancestral responsibility is carried out in large part by the K’ómoks Guardian department.
At Hada River estuary, in the heart of Musga’makw Dzawada’enuxw territory, Chief Maxwiyalidizi (K’odi Nelson) is bringing an ambitious, hopeful vision to life. Nawalakw will offer cultural immersion and wellness programing supported through a world-class ecotourism operation.
When the historic Wáglísla band store was lost to a fire in 2013, community members in Bella Bella responded with quick-thinking, hard work, and a lot of love to build a new commercial complex specially tailored to the needs of Haíɫzaqv People.
The purchase and renovation of a seafood processing facility has created a major economic driver in the coastal community of Lax Kw’alaams.
West Sea Otter Water Taxi, a community-focused small business is having a major impact for Wuikinuxv Nation by making travel affordable and getting members out on their territory.
Bella Guest Cabins—a small, locally-owned accommodation business in Bella Bella—showcases the growing success of Indigenous entrepreneurs in BC, and one of the ways Haíɫzaqv Nation is diversifying the coastal economy.