Unesco Green Citizens

Ts’udé Nilįné Tuyeta

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Project begin: 01/10/2019

To protect K’ahsho Got’ine Land in Canada and to study and adapt to the impacts of climate change, the community relies on the knowledge of Elders.

Leading organisation: K'ahsho Got'ine Foundation
The country where the team is based: Canada
Covered Countries: Canada
Theme: Biodiversity, Local and Indigenous Knowledge
Sub-themes: Sustainable living
Tag: #Youth
Selection: 2022-2023
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Climate Change is drastically affecting these places. It is imperative for the local community that K’ahsho Got’ine knowledges of Land, Language and Culture be passed down through generations. These knowledges contain the information what it is to be K’ahsho Got’ine, and of how to live and protect the extensive wetlands, ancient trails and mountains in the protected area are like a breadbasked for K’ahsho Got’ine.

After years of work, Ts’udé Nilįné Tuyeta has become a new indigenous and territorial protected area managed by K’ahsho Got’ine Foundation. This initiative is providing protection for this immeasurably important place, and is providing funding for training and knowledge preservation and transmission opportunities for the people, for the Land. The Elders hold 1000s of years of ecological and cultural baselines – in the language, in what they know about the places. These form the foundation for learning by community members, and for inquiry and data collection in partnership with scientists who will help understand the swiftly changing landscapes. These understandings and partnerships are critical for adaptation and for thriving local futures in the face of climate change.

Developing local jobs

K’ahsho Got’ine guardians are employed to support harvesting, community access, and environmental monitoring in the indigenous and territorial protected wetland. The foundation employs community members from Fort Good Hope and Colville Lake for seasonal and contract jobs.

Stable structures are being put in place to support this work. A major current challenge is funding.

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