Ten teens take on stewardship

  • Jul. 4, 2011 7:00 a.m.

submitted by Jordie Laidlaw and Terry Dionne -What does natural resource management mean to you? Kelsey Pelton, one the local teens who have been selected for the Haida Gwaii Youth Stewardship Program, answers: “It means we’re not going to take more than we need from the islands.”Ms Pelton and nine other teenagers from across the islands kicked off their summer by heading to work with the Haida Gwaii Youth Stewardship Program on July 4. They will spend the next eight weeks learning about natural and cultural stewardship on Haida Gwaii and assisting a wide variety of organizations with projects that will give these students hands-on experience in this diverse field.The Haida Gwaii Youth Stewardship Program is an evolution of the successful Junior Stewardship Ranger Program offered by the Ministry of Forests over the past decade. While the original program was focused on forestry, the new program aims to offer insights on the interconnection between the land, sea and people. It will also offer a combination of training and hands-on experience.In their first week, the teens will focus on leadership training and will spend time at Swan Bay in Gwaii Haanas. During their employment, the students will be introduced to the concepts of natural resource management and will learn valuable skills that will be helpful for the work they’re doing now and in the future.This program is made possible by the collaborative effort between the Province of British Columbia (Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations), Council of the Haida Nation, Parks Canada (Gwaii Haanas) and the Swan Bay Rediscovery Society. If you want to find out more information, you can look at the group’s Facebook page under “Haida Gwaii Youth Stewardship Program”.