The Kitasoo/Xai’xais are a proud member of the Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network. The Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation embrace the important environmental, cultural and ecological values of their territory. We want to protect fish and wildlife habitats, including that of the Spirit Bear, plants, and all important elements of the forest ecosystem. We wish to preserve our cultural values and recognize that our task is to balance ecological values with the rights and needs of our community for economic health, including lasting job creation.
The Kitasoo have developed environmental protocols, identified and protected areas and implemented ecosystem-based management philosophies into any extractive or non-extractive resource plans. With such a large territory, there is a need to monitor the activities taking place on land and in the marine environment.
The Kitasoo Watchmen Program is an initiative that was developed to control and participate in the stewardship and monitoring of our traditional lands and waters. This program is a mechanism for the Kitasoo to ensure that the activities and practices within our territory are consistent with community plans and government regulations.
You may see the Watchman as you travel through the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Territory. Please take a few minutes to say hello. They are more than happy to share information to make your stay in the Great Bear Rainforest unforgettable.