Caring for coastal lands and waters is a responsibility passed down from generation to generation. Effective stewardship depends on sharing teachings, deepening knowledge and enhancing skills.

The Coastal Stewardship Network supports these efforts by offering rich learning experiences that build capacity for current and future stewardship leaders. Our programming includes custom training programs, workshops and land-based educational experiences.

Stewardship Training for Coastal First Nations


Our trainings celebrate the strengths of each individual, honour the deep knowledge present within communities, and are holistic in nature. Our programming integrates cultural teachings, technical skill development, leadership training and personal well-being.

We work with Elders, knowledge keepers, universities and technical experts to develop and deliver impactful trainings. To nurture strong relationships within and between communities, our programs are often delivered regionally.


The Coastal Stewardship Network is continually designing and delivering training opportunities to meet the evolving needs of CFN member Nations. Our training areas include:

  • Environmental monitoring and data collection;
  • Forestry monitoring and archaeology;
  • Indigenous laws and governance;
  • Compliance and enforcement of environmental policies and law;
  • Leadership and project management;
  • Safety policies and procedures; and
  • Emergency response.


A collaborative program with Vancouver Island University, the Stewardship Technicians Training Program (STTP) provides applied stewardship training for individuals from CFN member Nations. STTP provides tangible skills required to work as Coastal Guardian Watchmen, fisheries technicians, heritage surveyors, environmental monitors and in other resource management field positions.

The program has profound results. A recent evaluation of STTP found that in addition to providing applied stewardship training, graduates of STTP become:

  • healthier citizens with improvement in personal wellbeing;
  • inspired to continue with self-improvement and further training;
  • better able to find and maintain employment;
  • recognized as respected professionals in their field; and,
  • part of a growing network on the coast that influences region-wide responsiveness to land and water stewardship.