Líl̓wat Traditional Territory
Lil̓wat Nation’s Traditional Territory encompasses close to 800,000 ha of beautiful, resource rich land that includes temperate coastal regions, old growth rainforest and arid areas.
Lands & Resources Services and Focuses
The primary service that the Lands & Resources Departments provides to the people of Líl̓wat Nation is the protection of Traditional Territory. This is achieved in a variety of ways include traditional use studies, archeological assessments and a rigorous land use referrals process.
The Crown (defined as both provincial and federal governments) has a legal obligation to consult with theÂ LÃlÌ“wat Nationregarding 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 theÂ LÃlÌ“wat 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.
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.
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Director of Lands & Resources