Nt'akmenhlkalha (CULTURAL) PROTECTION AREAS
Taking care of our ancestral footprints means protecting St'Št'imc culture, heritage, and ecology of the land. All of St'Št'imc territory is considered a Cultural Protection Area. Ancient residential areas, travel routes, sacred and spiritual areas, sites of legendary and historical events and resource harvesting locations are among the many aspects of St'Št'imc use and occupation of our territory. For example, the St'Št'imc Nt'akmenhlkalha includes protection for the 'root people', the berries and other plants used by the St'Št'imc. Because of the sensitivity of this information, maps have not been released with the preliminary draft land use plan. The St'Št imc have jurisdiction over land and resources in St'Št'imc territory. To ensure the integrity of our territory we have designated it as a Cultural Protection Area, in which written authorization from the St'Št'imc Chiefs Council or its designate is required before St'at'imc land or resources are allocated, extracted or destroyed. Such authorizations may be provided through licences, permits and/or plan approvals upon submission an application, provided that the proposed use or interest is consistent with the St'Št'imc Tribal Code, NxekmenlhkŠlha ti tmicwa, Forestry Code and other St'Št'imc laws. In particular, the application process will provide an opportunity for the St'Št'imc to assess the location and nature of any application taking into account St'Št'imc uses of the area.
"The St'Št'imc have lived upon the land since time began. Our history is written upon the land. Our history is passed on from generation to generation, through the stories and legends." - St'Št'imc elders "Our culture identifies who we are, how we live, what we do, what we believe in, now and in the future, as in the past." - Brenda McDonald, Ts'k'wa'ylacw