Land and Resources



The Fisheries Program represents a wide variety of initiatives and projects that include planning and the operational management of natural resources such as water, fish and wildlife with the goal of ensuring long-term sustainability throughout the Nation’s marine territory.

Primary functions of the Program

Development and collection of baselione inventories

Devleopment and bioregional and operational plans and projects

Ongoing research and monitoring of the lands, water and resources of the territory

Design, planning, and implementation of ecosystem restoration projects


Fisheries – 2017/18 Program Objectives



Managing the Aboriginal fisheries activities within the tradinitional territory

Coordination of policy and program development in the area of QFN fisheries management and related activities

Manage QFN and Gwabalis commercial fishing licenses

Management of QFN’s Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy agreement with DFO

Management of other related contracts, including Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Enviroment Canada

Liaise with government and industrial agents in areas impacting QTT Lands and Resources


The Quatsino Forestry Department is led by the Forestry Coordinator. Quatsino Forestry efforts are heavily influenced by local industry through our partnership with Western Forest Products. There is a Protocol that was also developed to include a preferred archaeologist in the assessment of cut areas within the Quatsino Traditional Territory.

Forestry – 2017/18 Program Objectives



Develop Training and Employment Opportunities

Support QEDLP and Quattishe Forestry

Assist the ForestryIndustry in sharinginformation and plans

Explain to government and Industry the QuatsinoPosition on Forestry Issues (forestry Referrals)


The Referrals Program is framed by the process established in the Quatsino Consultation and Accommodation Policy. The policy defines what meaningful consultation is to the Quatsino. The Program ensures that the process and guidelines described in the Quatsino Consultation and Accommodation Policy are adhered to by anyone proposing a plan, policy or project within the Quatsino Consultation Area.

This Program also deals with unforeseen incidents that occur within or adjacent to the territory that require Quatsino involvement or academic research requests. Through this program the Department works to protect Quatsino’s rights and title.

Primary funtions of the Program

Administration of referrals (including financial administration)

Assessment of potential impacts of referrals on Quatsino values

Coordination of written responses to the Crown and private sector

Proponent engagement and client meetings

Negotiations of accommodation of benefit agreements (where appropriate)

Policy development

Development of analytical models and matrices

Ongoing monitoring of Quatsino values

Referrals – 2017/18 Program Objectives



Maintain and manage Referral information.

Ensure QFN’s Consultation and Accommodation Policy is implemented.

Traditional Use Study (TUS)

The Quatsino Traditional Use study dates to the mid-nineties. The Program focuses on the identification, protection, revitalization and interpretation of cultural heritage resources within the territory.

Primary funtions of the Program

Protection of archaeological, spiritual sites and traditional activity areas

Conducting archaeological assessments and specialized artifact analysis

Use and occupancy studies

Research and collection of Quatsino history

Knowledge studies

Identification of Quatsino place names

Strength of claim analyses

The development of a Cultural Heritage Policy


Archaeology and Cultural Heritage – 2017/18 Program Objectives



Ensure Quatsino archaeology and cultural heritage resources are protected.

Gather and protect information on Quatsino history and culture.

Promote and encourage Quatsino culture.

Expand Archaeological business opportunities.

Maintain an archival data management system.