Making a Positive Difference: Report Highlights Success of Stewardship Training Program

For thousands of years, coastal First Nations have carefully managed the cultural and natural resources within their territories. Today, these stewardship responsibilities are carried out through established programs within each Nation and aided by ongoing training efforts.

The Stewardship Technician Training Program (STTP), a partnership between CFN and Vancouver Island University, provides integrated technical and leadership training to meet stewardship needs throughout the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii.

Last year, the Coastal Stewardship Network — a program of CFN — began working with EcoPlan International to undertake a thorough evaluation to assess STTP’s impact and effectiveness. After a full year of in-depth analysis and gathering feedback through surveys, workshops and interviews with students, instructors and program coordinators, the results are now available!

The evaluation final report, Making a Positive Difference, shows that STTP has done an excellent job building upon stewardship knowledge and skills within coastal communities, significantly contributing to individual and community well-being in a range of tangible ways. The comprehensive report also identified a few key opportunities to enhance and improve the program even further.

Learn more about these findings:
Click here to download the full report (pdf)