Facilitating the protection and restoration of species and ecosystems at risk on BC’s South Coast
Species at Risk Conservation in Canada could not be successful without recognizing and integrating the perspectives and knowledge of Indigenous communities. SARA recognizes this explicitly by embedding a commitment to First Nations collaboration in the Act's preamble stating that “…the traditional knowledge of the aboriginal peoples of Canada should be considered in the assessment of which species may be at risk and in developing and implementing recovery measures.”
The SCCP recognizes this responsibility as part of its own work and continues to seek collaborative opportunities that respect and support the inclusion of experiences, wisdom and perspectives of the numerous Coast Salish communities of the South Coast. Sharing resources developed with, for and by First Nations on BC's South Coast is an evolving process that we seek to grow over time.
Below you will find a range of website and downloadable resources utilized and or developed by the SCCP, First Nations and various project partners over time. Content for resources developed by the SCCP and First Nations partners has been either commissioned or is used with exclusive permission.
We welcome website suggestions or resources!
Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources: As a national First Nation directed environmental non-profit organization, our mission is to work in partnership with Indigenous nations to support and build sustainable Indigenous communities and a healthy environment.
First Voices: A suite of web-based tools and services designed to support Indigenous people engaged in language archiving, language teaching and culture revitalization. The South Coast is represented by two major language groups with a number of distinct dialects The most common language is Halq'eméylem (Halkomelem), a Coast Salish language with a number of dialects spoken by communities found in the Metro Vancouver/Fraser Valley/Howe Sound and Sunshine Coast regions. The second language is Ucwalmícwts, an Interior Salish language spoken by the Lil̓wat7úl (Líl̓wat) Nation of the interior coast mountains (Pemberton-Whistler).