Working together, we will protect the land and waters in our communities for the benefit of future generations.
Nanwakolas member First Nations
Public behaviour on and around cultural and archaeological (arch) sites
The resources provided below have been created by Nanwakolas and its partners to be shared with the public for educational purposes.
Cultural awareness workshops
This workshop, led by Alexandra Thomas (Tlowitsis) offers participants the opportunity to learn about Indigenous ways of knowing, and will help participants understand First Nations’ connection to their territories and the significance of this land’s history in today’s environment. From this workshop, anyone who works in natural resources will leave with a better understanding of Kwakwaka’wakw culture, worldviews, connections to land, and how history has shaped our relationship with the land.
Participants will learn how to build better relationships with Nations, and better understand the complexity of the socio-political landscape in which First Nations manage resources and offer solutions to natural resource challenges in this changing world. Participants will also learn about the future of Indigenous land management through the example of the Guardian Watchmen Program.
Organizations and individuals who have taken the workshop to date include Mosaic Forest Management, Transport Canada, BC Parks, Ocean Decade Collaborative Centre, the Hakai Institute, Coast Funds, provincial Natural Resource Officers and other provincial government staff, Nanwakolas staff, and MaPP.
Here is what some of them have had to say about the workshop:
“At the end of the workshop, people were walking away visibly moved, with a shifted perspective. The effect is to create a deeper connection between people, including partners of Indigenous Nations and community members.”
—Ross Dixon, Director of Development, Coast Funds
“This training would benefit any individual who works with Indigenous people. It provides a solid understanding of our history in BC in an experiential way that was delivered in a safe, compassionate way. I left the training with a shifted perspective about the important work I do with Indigenous people and their communities.”
—Sally Cargill, Marine Planning Specialist, Ministry of Land, Water & Resource Stewardship
“The Cultural Awareness Workshop with Alexandra was a fantastic and unique learning experience, and I left with a considerably deeper understanding of Indigenous culture and colonial history. Thanks Alexandra, for a special day.”
—Staff, Knight Inlet Lodge
“I would highly recommend that anyone who works in natural resources participate in this workshop. Even though I have worked with the Nanwakolas First Nations and other Nations for a number of years now in various capacities, as a settler working in the field of marine management and conservation, there is always more that I can learn, and more that I can do, to better understand the deep connections that First Nations who have called this coast home since time immemorial have to their territories. The workshop was accessible, engaging, and enlightening, and I walked away with a new respect for the Kwakwaka’wakw culture and how history and present-day experiences continue to shape relationships with the land, water, and people.”
—Romney McPhie, Science Coordinator, Tula Foundation’s Ocean Decade Collaborative Center for the Northeast Pacific
“I found the Cultural Awareness Workshop very powerful and thought provoking. I took the Community and Aboriginal Forestry specialization at UBC over 10 years ago and have been working in the Indigenous Relations realm on Vancouver Island for 5 years now – and I thought the material presented and how it was presented was done in a very insightful and intentional way. Alex has a great attention to detail and great eye for intriguing and enlightening facts that she beautifully relates to participants. She did an amazing job of conveying the heavy history with thoughtful interjections and allowing space for participants to discuss and absorb. She was very approachable, conscientious, and insightful. The workshop really did a great job of bringing the information from our head to our heart which helped in our learnings.”
— Allison Shepherd, RPF (she/her), Senior Advisor, Indigenous Relations, Ministry of Forests – Campbell River Natural Resource District
The workshop is partnered with the Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network and the Nanwakolas Council Society. To find out more, please email: email@example.com.
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Partnerships and Collaboration
Nanwakolas engages with many different government and non-governmental organizations, including among others:
- BC Parks (Ministry of Environment)
- BC Ministry for Advanced Education and Future Skills
- Canadian Coast Guard
- Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative
- Coast Funds
- Coastal Guardian Watchman Network
- Hakai Institute
- Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast
- Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Network
- Nature Trust of BC
- North Island College
- Tula Foundation
- Vancouver Island University
Report an Incident
- Canadian Coast Guard: Report marine pollution: https://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/contact/emergency-urgence/marine-pollution-marine-eng.htmlDFO: Report a Fisheries Violation: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/enf-loi/report-signaler-eng.htm
- Marine mammals in distress: http://cetussociety.org/marine-stewardship-programs/incident_response/
- Marine search and rescue: http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/SAR_Rescue_Centre_Contact_Information
- Report wildlife poachers and garbage dumping or other land pollution: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/rapp/form.htm
- Disturbance of an archaeological site: https://www.for.gov.bc.ca/archaeology/reporting_archaeological_artifact_finds/procedures_for_reporting_finds.htm
In case of emergencies
- IF YOU NEED IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE, CALL 911.
- If you see marine pollution, call Coast Guard at 1-800-889-8852
- If you see a wildfire in progress call *5555 on mobile, or 1- 800- 663- 5555.
- In case of poaching or pollution on land, call #7277 on mobile, or 1- 877- 952- 7277.