West Coast Wild Harvest Issue 1 Spring/Summer 2016 - Page 3

Host Nation Kwantlen First Nation A rich history and legacy Since time immemorial, we live by the seven traditional laws that guided our ancestors: health, happiness, generations, generosity, humbleness, forgiveness and understanding. Through learning, family, health, our culture and traditions and looking after our lands and resources, we are tireless in our spirit to make a better world for our future generations. In working together and learning from our Elders, we are respectful, proud, independent and responsible. Kwantlen translates to tireless runner. Following our rich legacy and traditions, we continue to work tirelessly at building a strong sense of community within our traditional territory. We are united as one nation and one family. We believe in leadership with vision that values stewardship, protection of resources, prosperity, equality and inclusion of our membership. Kwantlen First Nation is committed to environmental sustainability that preserves our natural resources for generations to come. Kwantlen Traditional Territory extends from Richmond and New Westminster in the west, to Surrey and Langley in the south, east to Mission, and to the northernmost reaches of Stave Lake. Environmental stewardship Kwantlen First Nation is committed to taking care of the environment through stewardship programs that increase awareness and improve habitat for local fisheries and wildlife. Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group of Kwantlen First Nation was the recipient of the Township of Langley’s Environmental Hero Award for Species at Risk work that has addressed the decline of the Salish Sucker, the Eulachon, and the Western Painted Turtle. Members of Kwantlen promote awareness of local environmental features through the annual summer Walking Tours from Lelem Arts and Cultural Café. Kwantlen First Nation will continue to engage in projects that protect and enhance Kwantlen Territory to ensure prosperity and abundant resources for all future generations. SPRING/SUMMER 2016 3