From the beginning of their time, the
Gitga’at people have existed in
their Territory, dependent upon its abundance
and richness. The wellbeing of the Gitga’at
community is intricately related to the
health of their lands and waters and the
abundance of resources therein. The Gitga’at
are committed to an approach to land and
marine use planning that reflects and
emphasizes the need to sustain this relationship.
The Gitga’at hold three core goals
in relation to their community and the
lands and resources within their Territory.
Flowing from these goals are eight resource
planning and management objectives.
1. Build a healthy Gitga’at Community.
- Preserve and strengthen Ayalk (the
‘Law of the People’ and
the ‘Way We Govern Ourselves’).
- Protect and sustain Gitga’at
cultural ways and resources.
- Develop a healthy and sustainable
quality of community life.
2. Protect and conserve lands, waters
and resources in Gitga’at Territory.
- Initiate an ecosystem-based approach
to land and resource management.
- Ensure land and resource decisions
are cautious when knowledge is uncertain.
- Monitor management outcomes and revise
plans with new information.
3. Build an ecologically sustainable
economy for the Gitga’at community.
- Assert Gitga’at Rights and
Title and interests.
- Access the benefits of resource development
in the Territory while respecting the
rights and needs of others.
To act on these goals and objectives,
the Gitga’at are working on a variety
of analyses, resource planning and negotiation
initiatives, all geared toward developing
and implementing land and marine use plans,
new resource management strategies and
standards and new arrangements with governments
and industry. These changes will allow
the Gitga’at to establish cooperative
resource stewardship and further develop
their economy in a sustainable fashion
to meet community needs and aspirations.
Ongoing monitoring which will help to
develop new knowledge that will support
these initiatives over time.