On Canada’s Pacific Coast, First Nations serve as guardians

Along Canada’s Pacific Coast, First Nations patrols have become critical to national parks, natural resource projects and other efforts. They patrol hundreds of miles along the coast that otherwise tend to get overlooked. These regular patrols, by groups like the Wuikinuxv Guardian Watchmen and others, help protect species—as well as humans—and work to keep coastal ecosystems intact, writes The Narwhal.

“We are the protectors of the land and sea,” Wuikinuxv Guardian Watchman Adam Nelson tells The Narwhal.

The effort continues a long tradition of many coastal cultures to watch over the resources.

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Header Image: Places like Haida Gwaii are watched over by First Nations guardian watchmen. Credit: Lisa