ABOUT COASTAL GUARDIAN WATCHMEN
Across the North Pacific Coast, Guardians have come together to form the Coastal Guardian Watchmen—a regional group that works collaboratively to steward this entire coastal region.
Coastal Guardian Watchmen play a critical role in all aspects of stewardship for Coastal First Nations—ensuring resources are sustainably managed, that rules and regulations are followed and that land and marine use agreements are implemented effectively.
They uphold and enforce traditional and contemporary Indigenous laws, and continue the work of their ancestors in protecting and managing coastal territories. Within the context of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), reconciliation and efforts in collaborative governance, the Coastal Guardian Watchmen are at the leading edge of a global movement toward Indigenous-led stewardship.
Given its ongoing success, the Coastal Guardian Watchmen provide an example for other Indigenous stewardship programs to replicate. In 2005, the Coastal Guardian Watchmen developed their vision, which continues to guide their stewardship goals and efforts, and highlights the importance of this work.