Kwadacha–North Caribou Air Joint Venture

Kwadacha now has a joint venture with North Cariboo Air and together have formed an air charter company. KNCA Flying Services operates charter flights three days a week between Fort Ware and Prince George in a King Air 200. To book flights to or from Fort Ware, call the Kwadacha Band Office in Prince George 250‑563‑4161.

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Kwadacha Greenhouses Initiative

Kwadacha Nation is constructing three hydroponic greenhouses that will operate throughout the year, and will produce 30 tons of organic vegetables annually. The greenhouses are engineered using German technology, and will be heated by a biomass plant.

The slogan that Kwadacha Nation has adopted is “a salad per person per day”, and the greenhouses will certainly do that by producing a variety of greens, cucumbers, peppers, and tomatoes for their community. The anticipated production from the greenhouses will be more than enough for Kwadacha members. In fact, the plan is to sell surplus organic produce, thereby creating not only healthy food for the community, but also creating an economic development opportunity.

The plan is for the first vegetables to be planted by early September.

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North Liard Land Use Plan

Introduction

North Liard Sustainable Resource Management Plan 2016 thumb

The Kaska Dena are working to complete land use management direction for the traditional territory in British Columbia. The approach is to identify community based land uses for specific landscapes and develop the technical management direction to support the choices. The technical management direction will be consistent with Kaska Dena plans and agreements being used in other areas of the territory. Currently Daylu Dena has been working on the North Liard Plan Area and Kwadacha on the Kwadacha Plan Area.

North Liard Plan Area

The North-Liard plan area covers approximately 1.6 million hectares within the Fort Nelson Timber Supply Area. The plan area is the area east of the Dease-Liard SRMP, north of the Muskwa Kechika Management Area, and east to the traditional territory extent at Nelson Forks.

The topography of the North-Liard is predominantly rolling terrain incised by major rivers into shallow valleys in plateau/plain areas and into steep-walled canyons in mountainous areas. The geography includes numerous features of glacial origin such as kettle lakes, drumlins, and esker formations. Because the area is east of the Continental Divide, rivers drain northeast to the Liard River and into the Mackenzie River system before finally emptying into the Arctic Ocean. The climate is continental (relatively dry and cold), with low snow depths relative to more coastal areas.

North Liard Plan Units. Map

Plan Purpose Statement

Through interviews with community members, participants all agreed with the following statement to represent the overall approach to land use planning in this area: We should use some of our traditional territory for its natural resources (such as timber harvesting, tourism, and mining) to better the economic conditions of our communities, as long as we protect some areas for our traditional uses.

Economic Development Interests

To aid in setting management direction, economic development interests were identified through community interviews for the entire plan area. The understanding is these interests are allowable to benefit Kaska Dena communities. It is not allowable to just have resources leave the traditional territory. Benefits can include employment, Kaska Dena companies doing the work, economic benefit agreements, capacity building, and resource revenue sharing.

 a.  Guiding High Interest
 b.  Timber Harvesting High Interest
 c.  Tourism High Interest
 d.  Trapping High Interest
 e.  Agriculture (farms, range) Moderate to High Interest
 f.  Mining Low to Moderate Interest
 g.  Oil and Gas Low to Moderate Interest

For a number of interests, especially Oil and Gas, Mining, and Timber, the importance is to have development that generates benefits but still maintains the environment. There were concerns on the type of logging, mining, and oil/gas systems being used and not enough information on the potential impacts from these systems. The need for direct community engagement on the more detailed planning for these activities was also identified.

Some specific interests identified include a community greenhouse, firewood, mushroom picking, guided fishing, RV/campground at Skook’s landing or Liard Hotsprings, and backcountry tourism.

Management Direction

The North Liard Plan Area has been divided into planning units to assist in developing specific management directions based on the social, cultural, environmental, and resource values in each unit.

The units are based on previous work done on land use options and strategic planning in the traditional territory in the late 1990s and early 2000s (Kaska 1998 Strategic Natural Resource Development Plan 5-Year Operating Plan for the Kaska Dena Traditional Territory in British Columbia, Kaska Dena Land Use Options 2002).


Link to: Kaska Dena Management Practices page


Kwadacha Nation Land Use Plan

Khununé’ Ghàghinda “Look After Our Land”

Introduction

Kwadacha Nation Land Use Plan 2017 thumb

The Kwadacha Nation Land Use Plan addresses the management of land and resources in the Obo River, Finlay River, Fox River, Warneford, and Kwadacha River (including others in the areas) drainages in northern British Columbia. The direction from the Land Use should be considered for all resource development. Management direction is set for the full spectrum of resource values in the Kwadacha Management Area. The Kwadacha Nation Land Use Plan has been developed to recognize the many unique and important environmental, social, cultural, and economic values of the plan area and to manage these values in a sustainable manner. An important goal for the plan is to provide for a range of economic opportunities in the area while maintaining the integrity of natural resources. The Kwadacha Nation Land Use plan is consistent with land use plans developed by other Kaska Dena communities.

Kwadacha Nation Plan Area

The Kwadacha Nation plan area covers approximately 3.2 million hectares within the Kaska Dena Territory. It extends north-south from the confluence of the Kechika and Gataga Rivers to the confluence of the Akie River and McGraw Creek, and east-west from the Sikanni Chief Lake to the Headwaters of the Finlay River (Figure 1). The plan area falls within the traditional territory in British Columbia of the Kaska Dena Traditional Territory (Figure 2). The entire traditional territory is approximately 24 million hectares or about the size of the entire state of Oregon. It spans one province (British Columbia [BC]) and two territories (Yukon and Northwest Territories), and constitutes 25% of the Yukon Territory and 10% of the entire land area of British Columbia.

There is an overlap with the traditional territory of the Takla First Nation in the southwest and a small overlap with the territory of the Tahltan Nation in the west.

The topography of the Kwadacha Management Area is mountainous area with steep canyon walls and terrain incised by lakes and major rivers into shallow valleys in highland/plain areas. The geography includes numerous features of glacial origin such as kettle lakes, drumlins, and esker formations. The rivers drain southwest to the Finlay River of which flows into the Williston Lake Reservoir and into the Peace River then the Mackenzie River before finally emptying into the Arctic Ocean. The climate is continental (relatively dry and cold), with moderate snow depths.

Kwadacha Nation Plan Units. Map

Plan Purpose Statement

Through interviews with community members, participants all agreed with the following statement to represent the overall approach to land use planning in this area: We should use some of our traditional territory for its natural resources (such as timber harvesting, tourism, and mining) to better the economic conditions of our communities, as long as we protect some areas for our traditional uses.

Management Direction

Kwadacha Nation is planning for the areas Fox (Nuhseha), Obo (Yah-Hya “Johiah”), Buffalohead (Khah’I Tse), Lower Akie (Lower Ukai) and Upper Pelly (Upper Tse Baje’) management zones used in the Mackenzie Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP; Figure 1). These zones are used to assist in developing specific management directions based on social, cultural, environmental, and resource values.

Within the areas of the Fox and Obo we would like to see conservation and environmental protection, with some infrastructure such as cabins being built around the lakes, with existing cabins being protected. For mining purposes the community does not want any mining or exploration in the Fox and Obo areas. Mining exploration has already commenced in the Buffalohead and Lower Akie areas which have created benefit sharing and working relationships.

Economic Development Interests

To aid in setting management direction, economic development interests were identified through community interviews for the entire plan area. The understanding is these interests are allowable to benefit the Kwadacha Nation community. It is not allowable to just have resources leave the traditional territory. Benefits can include employment, Kwadacha companies doing the work, economic benefit agreements, capacity building, and resource revenue sharing.

 a.  Tourism High Interest
 b.  Guiding High Interest
 c.  Trapping High Interest
 d.  Agriculture (range, greenhouse) Moderate to High Interest
 e.  Timber Harvesting High Interest (Buffalohead PU)
    Low to Moderate Interest (Fox PU)
 f.  Mining Low to Moderate Interest
 g.  Oil and Gas Low Interest

For a number of interests especially Mining, and Timber, the importance was having development that generates benefits but still maintains the environment and cultural values. Exploration companies have been visiting the community and providing good information which the community members feel is essential to a good relationship. There were concerns on logging and the potential impacts that may occur. The need for direct community engagement on the more detailed planning for this activity was also identified.

Some specific interests identified include a community greenhouse, berry picking, hunting, trapping, guided fishing, and backcountry tourism which would include summer and winter activities.


Link to: Kaska Dena Management Practices page


 

Responsible Officials of the Parties

George Miller, Kaska Dena

Geoff Recknell, Province of BC

Co-Chairs of the Parties

Gillian Staveley, Co-Chair, Kaska Dena

Bruce Low, Co-Chair, Natural Resource Council (NRC), Province of BC

Kaska Natural Resources Society

Gillian Staveley, Regional Coordinator
403-465-3385 /tel
knrscsea(at)gmail.com

Myles Manygreyhorses, Land and Resource Officer, Good Hope Lake
250-239-3037 /tel
drfnrefferal(at)gmail.com

Shawna Case, Land and Resource Officer, Kwadacha (Fort Ware)
250-471-2302 /tel | 250-471-2071 /fax
kfnref(at)gmail.com

Vanessa Law, Land and Resource Officer, Lower Post (Daylu)
250-779-3161 /tel
ddclro(at)northwestel.net

 

Strategic Engagement Agreement Signing