Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi and Teck Sign Charter for Environmental Restoration Projects in East Kootenay

Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi and Teck sign charter to collaborate on environmental restoration and cultural stewardship projects in British Columbia, showcasing industry-Indigenous cooperation for conservation.

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Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi and Teck Sign Charter for Environmental Restoration Projects in East Kootenay

Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi and Teck Sign Charter for Environmental Restoration Projects in East Kootenay

Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi (Tobacco Plains First Nation) and Teck have signed a relationship charter to collaborate on major environmental restoration and cultural stewardship projects in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. The agreement will see Teck involved in Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi's land stewardship initiatives, including an animal collaring program and habitat assessment and enhancement projects.

The projects aim to identify and restore key wildlife habitats, such as grasslands and forest understories, to support species like bighorn sheep, mule deer, and elk. Specific initiatives include grassland restoration and forest understory removal to enhance the habitats and attract more of these animals to the area.

While the agreement is in the early stages, Teck will be providing financial support for the projects. The relationship charter represents an effort by both the mining industry and First Nations to develop a more collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship. It provides an opportunity for Teck to learn from the First Nation's stewardship of the land.

Why this matters: This agreement signifies a shift towards greater collaboration between industry and Indigenous communities on environmental stewardship. It showcases how traditional ecological knowledge and modern conservation efforts can be combined to restore and enhance critical wildlife habitats.

Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi Nasuʔkin (Chief) Heidi Gravelle expressed optimism about the partnership, stating, "We are looking forward to working with Teck to enhance our land stewardship projects and continue protecting the environment for future generations." The relationship charter is seen as an opportunity for the mining industry to adapt and develop more positive relationships with Indigenous communities while supporting important conservation work in the region.

Key Takeaways

  • Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi and Teck sign relationship charter for environmental restoration.
  • Charter involves Teck supporting Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi's land stewardship initiatives, including animal collaring and habitat projects.
  • Initiatives aim to restore grasslands and forest understories to support wildlife like bighorn sheep, mule deer, and elk.
  • Agreement represents collaboration between industry and Indigenous community on environmental stewardship.
  • Partnership allows Teck to learn from Yaq̓it ʔa·knuqⱡi's traditional ecological knowledge for conservation efforts.