Howe Sound/Átl’ḵa7tsem

Marine Reference Guide


Here you will find information about the Marine Reference Guide – an initiative whose goal is to build capacity to protect the diverse economic, ecological, cultural, and social values associated with Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem’s ocean and freshwater. The Guide has created a centralized interactive map that pulls together information about the Sound’s ocean to support informed decision-making, collaborative management, marine spatial planning, and community education. 

Sense of Place

Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem is within the traditional ancestral and unceded territory of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and borders the Tsleil-waututh, Sechelt and Musqueam Nations’ territories. Átl’ka7tsem is one of three Squamish Nation place names for the Sound. The region is an ecologically rich area that sits directly adjacent to the growing metropolis of Vancouver. As such, it is representative of many parts of the world, where post-contact development confronts socio-ecological integrity.

Protection, Restoration and Preservation

This initiative brings together information related to Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem’s human communities and nature in a format that allows for visualizing overlapping use of spaces and values. 

As this project’s roots are in Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem’s community, we invite you to send any feedback you have on the project’s scope and development. Thank you for visiting our website, and showing an interest in the protection, restoration and preservation of Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem’s aquatic environment and human communities.



Our vision is that First Nations, governments, stakeholders, and communities work together to achieve positive outcomes that benefit current and future generations of human and aquatic life in Howe Sound/Átl’ka7tsem.

For more information on this project and ways you can become involved, please read our resources to find out about our guiding principles and project deliverables.

Marine Reference Guide Video

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