On Wednesday April 3 the Land and Resources Department hosted a community dinner to celebrate the signing of the Nlháxten /Cerise Creek Conservancy Management Plan.
The Nlháxten /Cerise Creek Conservancy is located along Highway 99, just north of Joffre Lakes Park, and is within a larger Nt̓ákmen Area identified in our 2006 Lil̓wat Land Use Plan.
Nt̓ákmen (our way) Areas are places identified in the Líl̓wat Land Use Plan for protection so that it can continue to be accessed and used for gathering, hunting, ceremony and other land uses that connect Líl̓wat people to their culture and history.
The Nlháxten / Cerise Creek Conservancy was one of seven new Conservancies in Nt̓ákmen Areasestablished for protection in the 2008 Land Use Planning Agreement between Líl̓wat and the Province.
Like Provincial Parks, Conservancies provide protection of land and resources. They also recognize the importance of First Nations use and access to the land. All total, 246,082 hectares of land in Líl̓wat Territory is protected as a Park or a Conservancy. That is 31% of Líl̓wat Territory.
In 2017, Líl̓wat Nation initiated the process to work with BC Parks and develop a management plan for the Nlháxten /Cerise Creek Conservancy. Over the past two years the Líl̓wat Land and Resources Department and BC Parks held community meetings, conducted field visits, engaged with N’Quatqua, Sek̓wel̓wás, and T̓it̓q̓et, and engaged with stakeholders. All this work culminated into a planning document that describes the areas uses, values and long term vision for protection.
The final plan was formally signed off by Lil̓wat Nation and BC Parks on Wednesday April 3rd at the Úll̓us Banquet Hall with I̓swalh Dancers and community members to celebrate and commemorate the event.
Kukstum̓úlhkaĺap to all that contributed to the plan and attended signing and celebration.
Copies of the Management Plan are available from the Land and Resources Department.