We are the Nuxalk Nation with our territory located in and around Bella Coola on the Central Coast of BC. Subsistence activities on these lands and trading with other Nations have always been central to our way of life. The Nuxalk are salmon people of the rainforest and without healthy and abundant lands and water, our very existence is seriously threatened. We maintain our rights and title to our traditional territory and continue to strive to maintain our traditional systems of governance and power.
The Nuxalk Guardian Watchmen Initiative involves staff of the Nuxalk Integrated Resource Office. Our programs focus on salmon and other fish species, with a clear goal to implement projects in conservation, assessment, enhancement, and monitoring (i.e. cultural and village sites, forestry practices and areas important to community resource harvesting). The Nuxalk Guardian Watchmen will work closely with the Nuxalk Fisheries Department that operates a scientific-based research facility that also conducts resource monitoring and enforcement activities to protect salmon and other species and their habitats.
- Two Nuxalk, Ernie Tallio and John Sampson, recently completed the Northwest Community College Guardian Watchmen Certification training in Prince Rupert and have completed their first year of work in monitoring of our territory. The Nuxalk Marine Use Planning Committee hosted a dinner, congratulating the guardian watchmen on successfully completing their training. They gave a presentation to update the Nation on what the Guardian Watchmen program was doing in their first field season.