The planning and management of the lands, waters and natural resources within Kitasoo Xai’xais territory has become increasingly 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.