nʔaysnúlaʔxʷ (Ashnola) Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area: Legal Backgrounder

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (“IPCAs”), Indigenous Laws, Indigenous-led Conservation
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On April 28, 2022, the sməlqmíx, the syilx people of the Similkameen Valley, declared the nʔaysnúlaʔxw snxaʔcnitkw (Ashnola Watershed) in its entirety and for all future generations an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA). This document covers the legal background and basis of the Ashnola IPCA declaration. Learn more about the Declaration and ceremony in our blog post here.

West Coast gratefully acknowledges the Law Foundation of British Columbia, Wilburforce Foundation, Sitka Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, Patagonia, and Swift Foundation for their financial support of this work through our RELAW program.

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