CABINS FOR CONSERVATION IN NORTHERN B.C.
Organization: Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition (SWCC)
Based in: Hazelton, B.C.
Project: Building Cabins in Northern B.C.
Fundraising goal: $50,000
The SSC is working with the SWCC to raise $50,000 to build two cabins in strategic wilderness locations in the Skeena Watershed that will help to strengthen First Nations’ culture, demonstrate use and occupancy of their traditional territories, and assertion of Aboriginal rights, which in turn can prevent unsustainable industrial resource development proposals.
Demonstrated use and occupancy of territories and assertion of Aboriginal rights. In some cases to prevent unsustainable development proposals (e.g. pipelines, open pit gold mines, etc.).
Capacity building associated with planning for and building cabins in the remote locations.
Youth traditional skills and leadership development and engagement in cultural activities. By spending time out on the land working with elders and peers youth are learning the ways of their ancestors and becoming stewards of their traditional territories.
Traditional Use Studies in remote locations. These studies have further strengthened First Nations claim over their territories, their relationship to the lands and waters, and their connection to their ancestors.
Reinvigorating First Nations decision making protocols related to the lands and waters.
Land use plans that are culturally appropriate and respect the ecological integrity of the region and support the protection of critically important regions in Northern B.C.