Purchasing Traditional Territory Maps
Líl̓wat Nation Traditional Territory maps can be ordered from Lands & Resources. Maximum custom map size is 132 cm x 86 cm (52” x 24”) with full-colour maps available in sizes up to 112 cm x 86 cm. To order a map or receive a quote, please call the Lands & Resources Department at 604-894-6115.
Cultural Heritage Research
The land and Resources Department conducts Cultural Heritage Research in conjunction with professional archeologists and anthropologists. Research is guided by the in-house expertise of our Cultural technicians, and with the approvals as needed from the Líl̓wat Cultural Heritage Language Authority.
Líl̓wat Nation cultural artifacts, including pictographs, culturally modified trees, s7ístken (pit houses) and stone bowls dating back more than 5,000 years, have been found throughout Líl̓wat Traditional Territory. To preserve archeologically important sites, the Lands & Resources Department executes Archeological Assessments for prospective development sites. Any archaeological sites found are then registered for protection under the British Columbia Heritage Conservation Act.
Traditional Use Studies
Traditional Use Studies identify places of cultural importance and through documentary research, fieldwork and interviews determine past, present, and potential future traditional land use values. Over the years numerous Traditional Land Use Studies have been completed preserving valuable cultural knowledge.
Environmental and Archeological Monitoring
As projects develop on Líl̓wat Traditional Territory, the Lands & Resources Department ensures the health of the land with continuous environmental and archeological monitoring. By having Líl̓wat7úl technicians assess the impact of commercial activities within the Traditional Territory, Lands & Resources can efficiently address issues arising from those activities
Land Use Referrals
Every year, the Lands & Resources Department receives more than 75 Crown Land use referral letters from provincial, federal and local governments, as well as private companies. The referral letters may be regarding proposed development projects for forestry operations, independent power projects, or commercial recreation activities.
The Crown (defined as both provincial and federal governments) has a legal obligation to consult with the Líl̓wat Nation regarding any proposed new land use within Traditional Territory. With the assistance of a five-member, community-based Land Use Referrals Committee, the Lands & Resources Department employs a process for responding to referrals that is laid out in the Líl̓wat Nation Land Use Referral Consultation Policy. High priority referrals are taken to Chiefs and Council.
The Lands and Resources Department engages in consultations regarding a variety of proposed new land development projects, including forestry cut blocks, run-of-river hydro projects, trail developments and commercial recreation activities. The department also reviews and provides input on provincial policies and regulations regarding old growth forest management areas, wildlife habitat areas, riparian protection zones, and protected area management plans.
Negotiation of Impact Benefit Agreements
The referral consultation process leads to opportunities to negotiate Impact Benefit Agreements with companies seeking to obtain land or water use tenures within Líl̓wat Traditional Territory. These agreements are negotiated under the direction of Chief and Council and seek to secure benefits for the Líl̓wat Nation in lieu of supporting a proposed project.
Impact Benefit Agreements may include revenue sharing, equity (ownership) in the project, commitments to employ community members, and contributions to community endowment funds. As well, commitments to Líl̓wat environmental monitoring may be negotiated, as was that case with Upper Lillooet Independent Power Project.