Tŝilhqot’in National Government Stewarship Department

The Stewardship Department handles various natural resource concerns for the Tŝilhqot’in. These include, but are not limited to, forest resource activity, and mining, oil & gas exploration and development.

The Stewardship Department works closely with the Tŝilhqot’in Stewardship Council which plays an integral role in assisting with resource decisions at the Nation level. The Stewardship Department’s Geographic Information System (GIS) analysts provide a wide range of management of land-use within the Tŝilhqot’in territory, which is supported through the use of the Stewardship Planning Portal. 

Tŝilhqot’in Stewardship Agreement

On March 31, 2024 the Tŝilhqot’in Nation renewed an interim Strategic Engagement Agreement with the Province of BC, commonly referred to as the Tŝilhqot’in Stewardship Agreement (TSA), previously known as the Tŝilhqot’in Framework Agreement.

This agreement provides funding and capacity for the next three years to engage in resource decisions while protecting Tŝilhqot’in rights and title. This is a bridging document for the Nation. 

What is the Tŝilhqot’in Stewardship Agreement (TSA)?

This agreement between the provincial government and Tŝilhqot’in Nation was created due to the Nation demanding more say in resource development in their territory. The TSA creates a clear process for communities to have input about proposed land use within their territory within a set amount of time. This agreement provides a formal process for community members to share their opinions, ask for changes to possible uses of the land, and provide reasoning for recommended changes to proposed work plans.

What does the consultation process look like?

Example: A cut block is being proposed in an area that a Tŝilhqot’in family traditionally uses as a trap line. The family is worried that it will impact the wildlife in the area. Through the TSA process, this referral (proposed land use) is assigned to a referral worker at TNG, who will work with the Tŝilhqot’in community and specific family to hear their concerns. Utilizing technical supports from TNG, a response with recommendations concerning the decision will be submitted to the BC government to inform their final decision.

Where do recommendations on proposed uses of Tŝilhqot’in lands come from?

Through the TSA, there are many committees, councils, and forums that bring people together that make recommendations. This increases accountability from both governments. Some of the groups involved in making recommendations towards the final decision include:

  • Tŝilhqot’in Stewardship Council (TSC)
  • Wildlife Committee
  • Joint Resource Council (JRC)
  • Senior Operational Forum (SOF)

Groups Involved in TSA

Stewardship Services