In fall 2016 two bears were shot and killed on the N'Quatqua First Nation reserve by Conservation Officers. The bears had come accustomed to human presence and were deemed by conservation officials to pose a threat to human safety. The event saddened and angered many community members and led them to work on ways to prevent future tragedies from occurring.
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".
2015 got off to a great start for grizzly bears with the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) Chiefs passing a resolution calling for protection and recovery of grizzlies, known as kiʔlawnaʔ in the nsyilxcen language. Interestingly kiʔlawna is the root word for the town of Kelowna.