Through the Collaborative Stewardship Framework, the S’ólh Téméxw Stewardship Alliance (STSA) and the Province of British Columbia are working together to develop principles, plans, projects and mechanisms for more effective and collaborative government-to-government shared decision-making and stewardship of the environment within S’ólh Téméxw.
Stó:lō First Nations maintain a shared language, traditions, customary laws, history, and relationships to the land. The maintenance of these connections is essential to their culture and their community. The need to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their communities now and for future generations, in accordance with their system of values and through respectful land use and stewardship, is the focus of the Forum.
The STSA and the Province of British Columbia hold differing views regarding sovereignty, jurisdiction, title, and ownership. Each acknowledge the distinct perspectives arising from their respective knowledge systems, legal traditions and governance systems. Forum participants are guided by the Stó:lō First Nations’ perspective of “Lets’emó:t” (one mind) as it relates to seeking consensus and collaboration.
The shared vision of collaborative stewardship is one that embodies a government-to-government relationship, which will be developed within this Forum, and serves to advance reconciliation based on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the work that evolves from engagement on the Draft Principles that guide the Province of British Columbia’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples.