Tsilhqot’in Nation Celebrates Success in 2018 Mushroom Harvest Management
Williams Lake, BC: The Tgilhqot’in National Government would like to take the time to thank all that made the 2018 mushroom harvest season a success. Prior to the 2018 season, the Nation set up a permitting system for buyers and pickers, along with collaborations around closures to biologically and culturally sensitive areas.
In the spirit of collaboration and following recommendations by the Tgilhqot’in Nation, the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development enacted a Land Act Closure to close specific culturally and biologically sensitive areas to mushroom harvesting within the territory. Education, compliance and enforcement was also done in partnership with the Tgilhqofin Nation compliance, education and enforcement officers, BC Conservation Officers and Natural Resource Officers and RCMP.
In general, the health and safety of pickers and harvesters was ensured with camps kept clean and an adequate response to issues of safety. The economic benefits of this project should also be noted with local contracts being awarded for outhouses and garbage bins, along with numerous Tgilhqofin members both buying and harvesting mushrooms this season.
Again, we thank all that were involved in making the 2018 management of the mushroom harvest in the T§ilhqofin territory a success.
Nits’il?in (Chief) Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chairman, Tgilhqot’in National Government:
“Effective management of resources within the Tgilhqot’in territory is a top priority for the Nation. The management of the mushroom season was a step in the right direction. Post Thilhoot’in Decision, the provincial and federal government need to work with us. The collaboration we saw during the mushroom season was a prime example of how effective management of resources can occur. The days of First Nations being excluded from decision making are long gone.”
“More importantly, this project provided economic benefits for many of our members. Overall, community members got out on the land, providing a small increase to household incomes. Members were also able to provide feedback on what was happening on the land to ensure the harvest was a safe place for everyone.”
Nits’il?in (Chief) Russell Myers Ross, Vice-Chair, Tiilhqot’in National Government:
“Although the community of Yunegit’in had a close call with a member going missing while mushroom picking, we were still able to come together and ensure their safe return. Many of our members were able to get out on the land and experience the tangible economic benefit of the mushroom harvest. We hope the management of this season can be repeated in other areas of the Province.”
Myanna Desaulniers, Communication Manager
Tiilhqot’in National Government, 250-305-7885