When the Lil’wat Land and Resources Department took over the instagram account

This is a guest post written by Harriet van Wart who leads the Land and Resources Department for the Lil’wat Nation, reflecting on the first ever team takeover for the Wellness Almanac. It was inspiring to meet the team and get a glimpse at the work they do.

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I was really excited when Lisa invited the Lil’wat Land and Resources Department to do a one-week take over of the Wellness Almanac Instagram.

It is easy sometimes to just keep your head down and plug away at the day-to-day. The Instagram take over was a nice opportunity (and nudge) to take some time out to share what our department is all about.

Not enough people recognize or appreciate how involved Lil’wat is in managing it’s Territory.

There is a broad scope of work that the Lil’wat Land and Resources Department takes on.

We engage in projects, consultations, negotiations and governing decisions throughout Lil’wat Territory – all 800,000 hectares.  This can feel daunting, but looking back the Land and Resources Department has accomplished a lot since it was created in 2003.

Lovely view of Ts'zil from Ull'us today. Ts'zil is the Lil'wat place name for Mount Currie. It means "slides in the mountain"

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We have Land Use Plan for the whole Lil’wat Territory. We run our own traditional land holding system to register lands on-reserve.

We have a Consultation Policy that guides our engagement with governments and other organizations on consultations about land use throughout Lil’wat Territory.

We have completed a number of Impact Benefit Agreements that bring revenue to the Lil’wat Nation, as well as specific measures of protections for the land and cultural sites. We have secured agreements with the Province for the protection of numerous areas in the Territory, including sacred places such as Mk’walts (Ure Creek).

We have also cultivated seasonal employment opportunities for Lil’wat people to be fisheries technicians and environmental monitors – getting Lil’wat people out on the land, and being stewards of their territory.

The Land and Resources Department is an amazing place to work.

Casey Dick-Wyatt our OnReserve Lands Officer.

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Bobbi-Jo Leo is the Land and Resources Office Coordinator. She keeps us all on track and organized.

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We have a great team of staff and we all take a lot of pride in the work we do.

I hope our photos and postings shed some light on that.

 

 

 

 

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