Purpose of Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network
The Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network serves to support a regionally consistent and effective approach to stewardship across all of our territories, and to coordinate, strengthen and build our stewardship capacity and capability in areas such as compliance monitoring and enforcement capabilities.
The Network also serves to:
- Support the protection of our cultural, economic, and the ecological values throughout our territories;
- Support research related to key priorities in our territories;
- Coordinate and provide standardized training;
- Ensure a consistent data collection system is in place and that recognized data gathering methods are used so that the information can be incorporated into our respective decision making processes.
What the Guardians do:
Each Nation’s Guardians and stewardship staff monitor the condition of our territories and gather information about activities occurring in them. In collaboration with federal and provincial government agencies, we monitor compliance with environmental laws by the public and by companies operating in our territories. Currently we hold positional authority passed on to us by our respective Chief and Councils.
We also work with other First Nations up and down the coast to protect our marine and terrestrial resources.