Katzie First Nation is an active partner in the conservation and restoration efforts of several organizations within our territory. We recognize that environmental conservation and restoration in our traditional territory is being improved through the inclusion of the unique priorities of Katzie people. Colonization has resulted in the loss of sacred resources, which resulted in the disconnection from cultural practices and management systems necessary for our sacred connection to good environmental stewardship.
Among other negative impacts, colonization has led to the loss of 80% of wetlands in the core of our traditional territory. We share concern for species listed under the federal Species at Risk Act, for which extensive loss of wetlands and other habitats in the Lower Mainland has resulted in population decline. We have suffered the loss of species sacred to Katzie, particularly wetland species such as wapato and the sandhill crane. We acknowledge the negative impact of colonization on our cultural practices and management systems, and the wisdom these embodied.
We recognize that conservation and restoration in our traditional territory can be improved when we combine traditional knowledge with science-based planning founded in the principles of ecosystem and adaptive management. Members of the Katzie First Nation are leaders in the decision making and implementation of resource management and environmental stewardship in our territory, while also leading cultural revitalization within our community.
We believe that our obligation to the land and water is the foundation of our sacred connection to effective environmental stewardship. The wholistic integration of the traditional knowledge, values, and priorities of Katzie and other indigenous communities into conservation and restoration efforts will improve the success of these efforts. We are guided by the wisdom of our ancestors, for whom the principles of respect, reciprocity, and interconnection were embodied by cultural practices and management systems. These cultural practices were the foundation of our successful stewardship of a healthy ecosystem and community since time immemorial. In this way, we work to the re-establishment of our sovereignty over the stewardship of the lands and waters in our territory, in part by revitalizing our traditional cultural practices and management systems that supported a healthy ecosystem for thousands of years.