First Nations’ stewardship offices and Coastal Guardian Watchmen have the authority and responsibility under traditional and contemporary Indigenous laws to protect these lands and waters, and to maintain the region’s rich ecological and cultural diversity for future generations.

For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples from what is now known as British Columbia upheld and exercised their own legal traditions, which long pre-date the arrival of European settlers along the coast.

Despite the recent imposition of Canadian law and authority, these legal traditions remain the living law of the land, and have never ceased to be binding on all who enter and use the traditional territories of the Indigenous peoples of coastal BC.