About Us

We Will Produce

  • An online interactive map that displays spatial data associated with the Sound’s marine environment and watersheds
  • This will support decision-making, marine social planning and community education by visualizing how ecological and human values interact and overlap
  • Narrative resources that describe best practices to help protect significant ecological and human values associated with the aquatic environment

Our Goal

is to build capacity to protect, restore, and be stewards of the health, biodiversity, and human values of the Sound’s aquatic environment. To accomplish this goal, First Nations, local and federal governments, and aquatic sectors (tourism, industry, recreation, conservation and education) are collaboratively leading and implementing the project. This project is non-binding and respects the rights and title, jurisdictions and processes of existing First Nations, governments, and sectors.

Our Work Takes Place

in the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Squamish Nation, who have stewarded the lands and waters of Atl’ka7tsem for thousands of years. Their culture, customs, language, traditional oral knowledge, and spirituality are rooted in the land and waters of this region. Given the connection of this project with their principles, the Squamish Nation is engaged in the project’s leadership, steering, and management bodies.

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/Atl’ka7tsem.

Our Guiding Principles

 

Shared responsibility

First Nations, governments, marine sectors, and communities in the Sound acknowledge a shared responsibility for aquatic environmental health.

Ecosystem and watershed approach

The Guide acknowledges the intrinsic relationship between terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystem components. Accordingly, MRG’s outcomes and processes will adopt an ecosystem approach that balances ecosystem function and connectivity with human activity on land and at sea.

Adaptive process

The Guide will integrate local and traditional knowledge together with historic, industrial, ecological, and social information, and acknowledges that project objectives, processes and outputs will iterate over time as available knowledge continually improves.

Respect

The natural world, First Nations’ traditional laws, rights and title, and the rights and responsibilities of aquatic sectors and regional residents are respected.

Transparency

Operations and communications are clear, fair and open, and decision-making is accountable to the public and stakeholders.

Inclusivity & Trust

All sectors, communities, and persons impacted by this project will have the opportunity to participate in a fair and open manner in order to strengthen trust and respect within the Sound’s community.

Information to action

Upon gathering knowledge and reaching consensus, the Guide will support the transformation of knowledge into action. Outcomes will vary depending on the topic, and may include outreach events, dissemination of information, and hands-on activities.

Our Guiding Principles

Shared responsibility

First Nations, governments, marine sectors, and communities in the Sound acknowledge a shared responsibility for aquatic environmental health.

Ecosystem and watershed approach

The Guide acknowledges the intrinsic relationship between terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystem components. Accordingly, the Guide’s outcomes and processes will adopt an ecosystem approach that balances ecosystem function and connectivity with human activity on land and at sea.

Adaptive process

The Guide will integrate local and traditional knowledge together with historic, industrial, ecological, and social information, and acknowledges that project objectives, processes and outputs will iterate over time as available knowledge continually improves.

Respect

The natural world, First Nations’ traditional laws, rights and title, and the rights and responsibilities of aquatic sectors and regional residents are respected.

Transparency

Operations and communications are clear, fair and open, and decision-making is accountable to the public and stakeholders.

Inclusivity & Trust

All sectors, communities, and persons impacted by this project will have the opportunity to participate in a fair and open manner in order to strengthen trust and respect within the Sound’s community.

Information to action

Upon gathering knowledge and reaching consensus, the Guide will support the transformation of knowledge into action. Outcomes will vary depending on the topic, and may include outreach events, dissemination of information, and hands-on activities.

Tides Canada

The Howe Sound/Atl’ka7tsem Marine Reference Guide is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform, which supports on-the-ground efforts to create uncommon solutions for the common good. Tides Canada is a national Canadian charity dedicated to a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity.

Tides Canada’s shared platform provides governance, human resources, financial, and grant management support for leading environmental and social projects across Canada, allowing projects to more effectively achieve their missions. Tides Canada has full fiduciary and governance responsibility for the Howe Sound/Atl’ka7tsem Marine Reference Guide.

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