Blueberry River First Nations Territory – A Changing Landscape
Within our current Elders’ lifetimes, the territory has transformed from a pristine land full of natural resources to a landscape now filled with unchecked anthropogenic impacts. These lands have been relied upon by our people for sustenance and trade as far back as the ice age but within the last 40 years the land has transformed to become a foreign place, where we no longer recognize it.
Restoring ecological integrity and protecting what land is left is integral to maintaining who Blueberry is as a people, including the complex relationships with the land and the continuance of livelihoods and treaty rights.
Our dreamers prophesied that there would be changes ahead. The last Dreamer, the late Charlie Yahey, once said the ‘world made too small’ and the late Tommy Attachie, head drummer and song keeper from our sister nation Doig River once said, ‘the world is upside down.’
Lands Resources Department
The Lands Resources Department has a role to play in documenting and defining who our people once were, where we are today, and what our future may look like. It is well understood that healthy lands are required to support diverse and plentiful wildlife populations and that good water quality and quantity is also key to the continuance of our culture, traditions, and spiritual practices.
Interim Lands Manager, John Bueckert:
The Importance of Lands Stewardship
Our Lands Stewardship Goalis to sustain Treaty Rights, culture, community, and economies within the context of healthy ecosystems
Maintain Ecological Integrity
Maintain the Integrity of Treaty Right Practices
Plans for Lands and Treaty Rights
Land and Treaty Rights refer to the priorities and actions that strengthen our jurisdictions over our own lands, including traditional territory, reserves lands, fee-simple lands and lands acquired through our Treaty Land Entitlement claim. Our fundamental relationship with the land, tenures, and property rights within our reserves lands and traditional territory are critical to our self-determination and economic development aspirations.
It is Blueberry River First Nations’ priority to manage our traditional territory to balance our community’s cultural and economic values. Development and conservation activities in our territory will meet our community’s values through the following actions:
- Advocate and study cumulative effects in the territory.
- Restore family traplines.
- Improve GIS capacity.
- Advocate for proper consultation within territory.
- Develop a territory management plan.
- Build capacity with lands staff.
- Upgrade and enhance TUS study data.