Da'naxda'xw Awaetlatla

The traditional territory of the Da’naxda'xw/Awaetlala First Nation is the area of coastal British Columbia known as Knight Inlet. The territory includes all the lands from which water flows into the Klinaklini River or into Knight Inlet. The boundary of the Territory is marked by the height of land encircling the headwaters of the Klinaklini River on the Chilcotin Plateau and the Knight Inlet watershed on the BC coast. The western extent of the territory on the Inlet runs from the vicinity of Matsui Creek southwest to the south shore of the Inlet. The Da’naxda'xw/Awaetlala traditional territory covers 8,105 km2 with the marine portion covering 215 km.

It is a current key goal of the Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlatla Guardian Watchmen Program to gather data for collection in a data management system that will support the program’s activities and administration long term.

As part of our Guardian Watchmen Program, Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlatla have constructed three cabins at key locations to support long term environmental monitoring in the territory. Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlatla is currently undertaking several Guardian Watchmen activities, including  monitoring tourism activity in the region, and water flow levels at Dzawadi, Franklin and Sim Creeks. Beginning in 2015 we will also be monitoring the wildlife populations in our territory of moose, deer, grizzly bear and black bear, and cougar. 

LEADERS OF THE PACK

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The Da’naxda’xw Guardians build their know-how and their network

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 15:30 The Da’naxda’xw Guardians build their know-how and their network  2015 was a big year for Da’naxda’xw Guardians Harold Glendale and Stanley Beans. Both men were still feeling their way in their roles... more

A year in the life of the Guardian: an interview with Harold Glendale and Stanley Beans

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 09:45 If you haven’t eaten eulachon grease all your life, you probably might not like the taste of it,” chuckles Stanley Beans, a Da'naxda'xw/Awaetlala Guardian Watchman. “We call it gleetna, and we’ve... more