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Introduction

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Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks

Snapshot

Lead Nation: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

Governance Model: Solely Indigenous-led

Established: Wah’na’juss Hilth’hoo’iss (Meares Island Tribal Park) was declared in 1984, followed by Ha’uukmin in 2007, and Eel-suk-Kiss/Onadsilth Tribal Park and Esowista Tribal Park in 2013. Read more about establishment here on page 10. (*web version:see section below)

Location: Clayoquot Sound on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, B.C.

Approximate Size: In adherence to Nu-chal-nulth knowledge systems, the size of Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks has not been calculated and/or documented.

Quick Facts:

  • Is governed collaboratively by elected and hereditary leadership
  • Plans are underway to develop additional governing body called the ‘Tribal Park Society’
  • Protects the entirety of Tla-o-qui-aht territory, including natural watershed areas, old-growth forests, and culturally significant areas.
  • Has secured ecosystems and old-growth forests threatened by logging and mining.

Website: https://tribalparks.com/

Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Case Study: IPCA Knowledge Basket

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A map of Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks on the western coast of Vancouver Island.

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Content: This resource is intended for Indigenous Nations and governments who are interested in or currently engaged in the creation of an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) or other Indigenous-led conservation initiatives.
This resource provides a snapshot of how Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA) and other Indigenous-led conservation initiatives are being governed across Canada to date.

The journeys of IPCAs are evolving. We want to emphasize that IPCAs symbolize not only what has been accomplished and what currently exists, but also what is possible. We look forward to including additional innovative pathways to Indigenous self-determination and conservation leadership to this resource as more governance examples and stories are documented and shared.

Each IPCA or Indigenous-led initiative example includes information on the governance structure, decision-making processes, laws, management planning, and alliances and partnerships that help to govern and care for the lands, waters, and species in each territory.

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