The Lil̓wat Nation and BC Parks will be working together over the next year to develop a management plan for the Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy.

The Nlháxten/Cerise Creek area is located in the Duffey Lake Corridor, north of Joffre Lakes Park, and south of Duffey Lake. The area was designated a Nt̓ákmen Area in the 2006 Lil̓wat Land Use Plan, valued for gather the plants and berries, and for hunting and trapping.

Nlháxten is a rugged area located northeast of Mount Currie. Nlháxten was once a cultural focal point for the Lil̓wat as a ceremonial and spiritual area. The land supports vision questing, and was linked to legends and stories. Nlháxten was also an important transportation route for our people, between Lil̓wat and Duffey Lake, Duffey to Twin 1, and Blowdown Creek to the Stein. Evidence of our history in the area includes rock art, and the culturally modified trees (CMTs) that remain.
(Lil̓wat Land Use Plan, 2006, p.61)

In 2008, Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy was established. A Conservancy provides protection from any industrial activity, such as logging and mining. A key purpose of a Conservancy is to protect places for First Nation cultural uses.

The Conservancy boundary does not cover the entire Nt̓ákmen Area. However, this is still an opportunity to protect an area of Lil̓wat Territory to allow for Nt̓ákmen (Our Way) to continue.

To view the project briefing on the Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conversancy Management Plan Project Overview and view a map of the entire area please click on the images below.

Timeline to Complete the
Conservancy Management Plan

  • June 20, 2017

    Presentation to Council

    • Councillor Greg Bikadi appointed to the Planning team
  • June 22, 2017

    Community Meeting — introduction and overview of the process

    • 14 people attended
    • 3 feedback forms submitted
  • June 26, 2017

    Posting on Lil̓ website with online feedback form

  • July 20, 2017

    Site visit for Planning Team and Lil̓wat community members.
    Please contact the Lands and Resources office if you would like to attend.

  • September 13, 2017

    Follow-up site visit.
    Please contact the Lands and Resources office if you would like to attend.

  • February 2018

    Community Meeting – Presentation of Draft Management Plan
    Notice for meeting and time to be provided.

  • March 2018

    Presentation of Management Plan to Chief and Council for approval

  • April 2018

    Lil̓wat Nation and BC Parks final approval and signing ceremony


We welcome your input!

Concerns? Comments? Ideas? We want to hear them.

Please fill out a Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conversancy Management Plan Project Overview Feedback Form.

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Or call us at  604-894-6115 ext. 2467