Work is underway on the Community Marine Use and Values Study. This project will document the ways that members use and value marine areas and resources. With several LNG projects proposed in our traditional territory, it is important that we clearly assert how we rely on and care for the ocean – from fishing and seaweed harvesting, to passing on our culture to our children. This project will help ensure that our values are front and centre when decisions are made about proposed developments and that the Lax Kw’alaams marine environment is protected for the long term.
This summer, the research team – which includes Band staff – has been bringing together relevant information from our Laxyuup land and marine plan and past traditional use studies. This information will be updated with new perspectives from community members this fall.
To get your thoughts on marine use and values, Julie Gardner and Tim Wilson will be organizing small group discussions with members in September and October. These discussions will bring together members with shared interests in specific activities or resources. As well, there will be drop-in sessions on mixed topics. A survey will also be sent out in September seeking feedback about how you use the ocean, what marine resources are important, and the issues that most concern you.
Over past years, Dr. Julie Gardner has helped Lax Kw’alaams with Laxyuup, planning for Lax Kwaxl-Dundas Island, and elders’ interviews. Tim Wilson is an expert in mapping (GIS, Google Earth) and in cumulative effects assessment. Both have worked for several First Nations on resource management projects.
Many members said, “Yes” to helping with this marine use and values study in the last community survey. Those who did so will be contacted with an invitation to participate. You can also request an invitation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 1-877-936-6392.