3.1 Species at Risk Environment Committee: Growing Together Initiative
The WSÁNEĆ Environment Committee will consist of community members who have been identified by the WSÁNEĆ people as plant or species at risk experts. This knowledge can be gained from their own harvesting (for their own use, for others, or harvesting for a living), talking with other community members, and/or knowledge passed down to them from others. Because the goal of the overall project is to restore rare ecosystems, species at risk and species of cultural importance, participants should know about how plants, Garry Oak and coastal sands ecosystems were managed, tended and harvested by WSÁNEĆ people in the past (such as knowledge about plants of cultural importance, what plants were harvested and when, traditional uses of plants, fire on the landscape etc.). Participants should know about how plants of cultural interest and species at risk are doing today, such things as: good areas for plants, ways to harvest plants, when plants should be harvested, and what plants were used for. Each participant does not need to know all this information, but the total knowledge of the group should cover most of these aspects.
The scope of this contract is limited to facilitating species at risk Environment Committee involvement in restoration events and 2018-19 meetings. 6-8 Environment Committee members will attend and share WSÁNEĆ knowledge and participate in restoration and fall/winter/spring meetings. Participants do not need to represent a particular Nation, but just need to know a lot about plants and Garry oak and coastal sands ecosystems. The coordinator, WSÁNEĆ Leadership Committee, will attempt to ensure representation from each Nation.