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The Stewardship Department handles various natural resource concerns for the Tsilhqot'in. These include, but are not limited to, forest resource activity and mining, oil and gas exploration and development.

The Stewardship Department works closely with the Tsilhqot'in Stewardship Council, which plays an integral role in assisting with resource decisions at the Nation level. Also, the Stewardship Department's Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysts provide a wide range of mapping services to the Tsilhqot'in National Government and member communities. Information management of land-use with the Tsilhqot'in territory is supported through the use of the Stewardship Planning Portal.


GIS Mapping


The Stewardship Department's Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysts provide a wide range of mapping services to the Tsilhqot'in National Government and member communities.

The Analysts manage existing Traditional Use Study (TUS) data for use in spatial analysis and map production to support land use planning and decision making. The GIS analysts provide mapping and analysis to support national and community level economic development initiatives. They also administer the TNG Stewardship Planning Portal.

The Stewardship Planning Portal is an interactive web-enabled database management system to allow for effective tracking and review of land use referrals. Click here to view some of the GIS department maps and to learn more about the portal.


GIS Staff


Mary Thurow and Sarah Gash provide technical and mapping support to the Stewardship Department and the rest of TNG staff. They also act as portal administrators, assisting with user accounts, training and trouble-shooting, liaising with the code developers, and planning improvements. Mapping support includes data sourcing, analysis, and map production.

Mary Thurow Sarah Gash
Mary Thurow, GIS Analyst Sarah Gash, GIS Analyst

Mary has been working with the TNG and its TUS data since the data creation in 1999-2001, and has worked directly for TNG since July 2004. Pri

or to being employed at TNG Mary has worked in the field of GIS consulting since 1997. Mary grew up in Quesnel and attended university in Prince George. Mary and her husband, Bob have two children and live at 150 Mile House. They enjoy the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah began working for TNG in August of 2008. Previously she has been employed in the forest sector, in Williams Lake, since 1999. Prior to moving to Williams Lake, she was employed in the field of GIS in Vancouver. She attended university in Kingston, Ontario.

Sarah and her husband Michael have two children. As a family, they love to enjoy the outdoors, skiing, hiking, camping and fishing, especially in the Chilcotin.

Mary Thurow and Sarah Gash both work a reduced work week and share an office. Please contact them at mary@tsilhqotin.ca or sarah@tsilhqotin.ca for more information regarding the Stewardship Planning Portal or TNG mapping.

Luke Doxtator, Stewardship Manager
  Luke Doxtator, originally from the Oneida Nation in the London, Ontario region has been working with the TNG since 2012. Luke Doxtator
  He was previously employed with Toosey Indian Band as the Health Director for 5 years and band manager for 3 years. Since joining the TNG, Luke has been actively involved in managing resource concerns through the referral system and Tsilhqot'in Framework Agreement with the Province of BC.

  Jodie Jim, Stewardship Senior Administrative Assistant
  Jodie is a member of Tl'etinqox Band. Image Coming Soon

Jodie has been working as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the Stewardship department since September 2015.

Jodie has worked for the Tl'etinqox Government Office as a finance clerk and for Denisiqi within the Administration Department.

  Shane Doddridge, GIS Technician
  Shane grew up across north-central BC and is now happy to call the Cariboo ‘home’ once again. Shane Doddridge

He attended university at UNBC in Prince George, and has a major in Human Geography and a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Shane worked for four years in legal and construction land surveying, but after studying indigenous and resource geographies he developed a passion for documenting and mapping First Nations land-use and traditional knowledge (TK).

Shane worked briefly in Peru with Aboriginal communities affected by political violence, before returning home to work with First Nations across BC affected by oil and natural gas pipeline developments. Shane started working with TNG in 2014 as the cartographer for the traditional use study (TUS) and has continued on to assist the TNG GIS team with various land-use and TK related mapping projects.

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