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The Lands and Resources Department has provided this update on the progress of the Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy Plan.

The Líl̓wat 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 Líl̓wat 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 Líl̓wat 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 Líl̓wat 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.” (Líl̓wat Land Use Plan, 2006, p.61)

In 2008, the 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 Líl̓wat Territory to allow for Nt̓́kmen (Our Way) to continue.

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 www.Lílwat.ca with online feedback form
  • July 20, 2017 Site visit for Planning Team and Lil’wat community members
  • August 13, 2017 Follow up site visit (postponed due to weather – new date TBC)

          NOTE: Please contact the Land and Resources Department if you would like to attend. 

  • February 2018 Community Meeting – Presentation of Draft Conservancy Management Plan

          NOTE: Notice for meeting time and place to be announced.

  • March 2018 Presentation of Management Plan to Chiefs and Council for approval
  • April 2018 Lil̓wwat Nation and BC Parks final approval and signing ceremony

To Learn More About the Conservancy

Read the Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy Management Plan Project Briefing
Provide feedback: Nlháxten/Cerise Creek Conservancy Management Plan Feedback Form

If you have any questions or comments the Lands and Resources Department welcomes your input. Please email the department at lands.administration@lilwat.ca. or call  604-894-6115 ext. 2467. Thank you.