First Graduates in Aboriginal Land Stewardship

Aboriginal landThere’s no doubt about it. Industrial development impacts the environment and native communities.
But a new training program developed by the Alberta Research Council could change that.
It is called the Aboriginal Land Stewardship Program and the first two graduates are Jan Noskie of the Bigstone Cree Nation at Wabasca, and Ike Solway of the Siksika Nation near Calgary. They’ve spent two years learning skills in land planning and how to work with industry and government.
According to Noskiye, this training will help in bringing aboriginal concerns to the table. “I’m going to use these skills when it comes to negotiating with companies regarding the land. This is a very unique program because it was community based. In the past, there was never anybody in the Nation that would actually document and collect this kind of data that Ike and I will be doing. This is a major plus for our communities because now we have somebody out there documenting these sites for our future generations to see and to keep protected from industrial activity.”
Now that they have graduated from the ARC program, Noskiye will become an environmental technician with the Bigstone Cree Nation, while Solway will returnb to his position inthe Siksika Nation  land management service.

Cheryl Croucher

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