Stewardship

Stewardship Department

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

The Stewardship Department works closely with the Tŝilhqot'in Stewarship 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 Tŝilhqot'in National Government and member communities. Information management of land-use with the Tŝilhqot'in territory is supported through the use of the Stewardship Planning Portal.

2018 Mushroom Harvest

The Tŝilhqot’in National Government is issuing permits for buyers and harvesters of mushrooms within the Tŝilhqot’in territory through the 2018 harvesting season. A BETA version of the Online Mushroom Permit purchase system is now available. At this time the system does not send you confirmation of purchase.  This is a technical issue we are working on fixing.  In the meantime please visit the Tŝilhqot’in National Government office at 253 4th Avenue North, Williams Lake to purchase permits in person.   If you do purchase your permit online, TNG has a record of your purchase and can provide you with a hardcopy permit during business hours. 

Picker Permits are $20 Buyer Permits are $500.

The Tŝilhqot’in have developed a map that outlines No Harvest Zones that are culturally sensitive areas. All harvesters will be required to adhere to this map. More information can also be found on our Mushroom Harvest Brochure.


 

GIS/Mapping

The Stewardship Department's Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysts provide a wide range of mapping services to the Tŝilhqot'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.

Tsilhqot’in Stewarship Agreement

On March 31, 2017 the Tŝilhqot'in Nation renewed an interim Strategic Engagement Agreement with the Province of BC, commonly referred to as the Tsilhqot'in Stewardship Agreement (TSA), previously known as the Tŝilhqot'in Framework Agreement.

This agreement provides funding and capacity for the next three years to engage in resource decisions while protecting Tŝilhqot'in Rights and Title. This is a bridging document for the Nation.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tsilhqotin Stewardship Agreement (TSA)?

This agreement between the provincial government and Nation was created because the Tsilhqot'in Nation demanded more say in resource development. The TSA has created a clear process for communities to have input about proposed land use within their territory within a set amount of time. This agreement provides a formal process for community members to: share their opinions; ask for changes to possible uses of the land; and provide reasoning for recommended changes to proposed work plans.

What does the consultation process look like?

Example: A cut block is being proposed in an area that a Tsilhqot'in family traditionally uses as a trap line. The family is worried that it will impact the wildlife in the area. Through the TSA process, this referral (proposed land use) is assigned to a referral worker at the TNG, who will work with the Tsilhqot'in community and specific family to hear what the concerns are. Then, utilizing all the technical support that TNG has, a response with recommendations concerning what decision should be made will be submitted to the BC government to influence their final decision.

Where do recommendations on proposed uses of Tsilhqot'in lands come from?

Through the TSA, there are many committees, councils and forums that bring together people who make recommendations. This increases accountability from both governments. See Figure 1 for some of the groups involved in making recommendations to the final decision make:

Tsilhqot'in Stewardship Agreement

Stewardship Council

Goal:

The TSC is a key initiative developed by the Tsilhqot'in National Government and member communities to increase Tsilhqot'in involvement in and influence on land and resource management in the Tsilhqot'in Territory.

Mandate:

To research and report on revenue-sharing (e.g. Forest and Range Agreements/Opportunities) and develop a Tsilhqot'in Stewardship Planning Framework.

Decision Making:

The TSC does not take away or assume any of the decision-making authority of elected band councils or the Council of Chiefs.

Membership:

Each community appoints up to two members through a Band Council Resolution. The term of membership is yet to be determined.

Objectives:

Improve communication between the TNG Stewardship Department and various government agencies, TNG Chiefs and Tsilhqot'in communities;

Provide guidance to the Stewardship Department staff on how to address referrals and other land and resource management issues affecting their community; and

Develop land and resource management/stewardship policy recommendations for presentation to the Tsilhqot'in Council of Chiefs and member community government.

 

 

Portal Access

A user account is needed to log into the Stewardship Portal. Click on the link below, download and complete the word document then email it to the portal administrator to receive access to the portal.

1. Download Access Form

2. Email Completed Access Form as attachment to Portal Administrator

Portal Links:

Stewardship Planning Portal

The Stewardship Department of Tŝilhqot'in National Government has developed an interactive land and resource "Stewardship Planning Portal." The Stewardship Portal is a web-based, land-use information management and planning support system.

One of the Stewardship Portal's primary functions is to improve the efficiency and quality of the referral process. Many of the tedious steps of the referral process like filing, tracking, and the dependence on the TNG office are simplified through the automated functions of our spatial database, which is accessible online and therefore accessible in any community with internet access. This database stores any type of land and resource information from reports to photos to proposed cut block locations in relation to the area of land for which they are relevant.

The Portal makes the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) accessible by being cost-effective and user-friendly for remote communities, and therefore minimizes paper handling time. The Portal is a significant step toward empowering First Nations communities to be directly involved in land and resource stewardship.