The Squamish Nation has joined neighbouring First Nations by declared a resolution calling for the protection and recovery of Stl'lhalem (grizzly bear) in their territory, highlighting that:
"Stl'lhalem (grizzly bear) has been an integral and critical part of Squamish Nation culture since time immemorial - its presence in Squamish Nation territory is an indicator of the health of the Squamish Nation land and people".
The resolution recognises that: 'supportive relationship with other Nations, Governments, and organisations are needed to ensure that Stl'lhalem - grizzly bear will remain, occupy and thrive in it's traditional areas for all time'. This commitment to working with others is consistent with the sentiment of neighbouring Nations who have already declared similar resolutions in support of grizzly bear recovery, the Sta'at'imc Nation and the Okanagan Nation Alliance.
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As momentum for safeguarding grizzly bears in southwest BC builds, the intent is to move forward to implement actions needed on the ground, to reduce the likelihood of grizzly bears being shot (due to real or perceived conflict or illegal poaching) and ensure these iconic bears have the habitat and passageways to be able to access seasonal foods, mates and raise their young safely. As a coalition group the COASTtoCASCADES initiative is focused on building a broad base of support for grizzly bear recovery actions, in line with the 2008 Land and Resources Management Plan endorsed by the Province, and the shared priority given to this issue by coalition members.