The planning and management of the lands, waters and natural resources within Kitasoo/Xai’xais territory has become more and more complex. Pressure to develop fisheries, forestry, tourism and other resources such as carbon credits, oil and gas, renewable energy, and drinking water is increasing. At the same time, the Kitasoo/Xai’xais are gaining greater control and authority over the ownership and management of these resources.
As the stewardship entity for the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation, it is the responsibility of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Integrated Resource Authority (Resource Stewardship Department) to work on behalf of the Nation to ensure that their stewardship goals are adhered to during resource planning, management and development. We provide technical advice and support for effective decision-making by the Kitasoo/Xai’xais community and its leadership, ensure that Kitasoo/Xai’xais laws, customs, traditions, policies and practices are included in resource planning and management decisions, and advocate for the recognition of Kitasoo/Xai’xais Aboriginal title and rights.
Our land and marine planning initiatives set a standard for involvement by the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation in all activity proposed, planned or occurring within Kitasoo/Xai’xais territory and help to foster a foundation of sustainable economic opportunity for the Kitasoo/Xai’xais community. Collaborative planning also strengthens our working relationship with provincial representatives and other First Nations governments and allows management plans to incorporate traditional knowledge, laws policies and customs. As a result of these agreements, the Kitasoo/Xai’xais have assumed much responsibility for planning, managing and protecting Kitasoo/Xai’xais lands, waters and resources.