Following its recent analysis in Australia, SVA Consulting has been commissioned by the Indigenous Leadership Initiative (ILI) to understand, estimate, and value the outcomes that have been and may be achieved through emerging Indigenous guardian work in the Northwest Territories, in comparison to the outcomes that have been achieved in Australia.
Greater Indigenous participation in caring for country activities is associated with significantly better health. Although the causal direction of these associations requires clarification, our findings suggest that investment in caring for country may be a means to foster sustainable economic development and gains for both ecological and Indigenous peoples’ health.
Drawing on the results from a choice experiment with two Canadian First Nations groups, this paper examines whether communication in a group-setting influences individual preferences for three land use alternatives: Industrial Development, Tourism Promotion, and Conservation & Restoration.
The Coastal First Nations Regional Monitoring System is attempting to address these information gaps through a new stream assessment program that collects baseline information and tracks changes in stream habitats important for salmons. Results suggest that the current recommended sample size of 6 within stream transects has low statistical power for detecting biologically significant changes in fine sediment.
This thesis examines the cultural concept and role of the Land as healer in Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut, and the importance of facilitating modern Land-based programs and activities for integrated health, education, and environmental outcomes.
The key ambition of this study was to build a shared understanding on the economic future of Clayoquot Sound, and how all groups can collectively work together to transform, rather than adapt to the future. The main part of this work was the transformative scenario planning (TSP) approach, where the goal was for participants to develop stories around possible futures, and to reflect on risks and opportunities in the region, including those which could be unexpected.
This project is the most comprehensive global analysis of sustainable livelihoods initiatives involving Indigenous Peoples. This report describes their distinct organizational missions and strategies, and explores the architecture of their governance, networks, funding and resource-base, as well as their successes and failures.
In partnership with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and the District of Tofino, GVS is advancing pilot projects to build First Nations Ecosystem Management and Stewardship (EMS) in Clayoquot Sound. EMS programs have the potential to (1) diversify the local economy; (2) produce jobs for First Nations and youth; and (3) help sustain the environment in the region and maintain the competitiveness of the local tourism economy.
This paper seeks to answer the following questions to further dialogue on PES (1) to understand and document any PES programs in Clayoquot Sound; (2) to assess the acceptability of PES among a broader group of stakeholders (industry, civil actors, NGOs and the general public); and (3) to explore the potential of PES for First Nations and describe what this involvement will look like. To answer these questions we conducted five focus groups and a discussion in March and April 2016.