Executive Summary

Burrard Inlet Action Plan

"Our stewardship responsibility includes restoring conditions that provide the environmental, cultural, spiritual, and economic foundation for our communities to thrive."

– Chief Maureen Thomas, Tsleil-Waututh Nation

TWN Environmental Stewardship Vision for Burrard Inlet

Tsleil-Waututh Nation envisions a productive, resilient, and diverse Burrard Inlet environment where:

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    Healthy, wild marine foods are abundant and can be harvested sustainably and eaten safely
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    Water and sediment are clean especially in places where cultural spiritual, ceremonial, or recreational activities take place
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    Important habitats are plentiful, productive, and connected
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    High levels of biodiversity and healthy populations of key species are viable and persistent

Full Report

The purpose of the draft Action Plan was to:

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    Summarize scientific knowledge about Burrard Inlet
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    Identify priority issues related to environmental degradation
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    Identify important environmental knowledge gaps
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    Foster development of a shared vision for environmental stewardship
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    Identify near-term actions to improve the health and integrity of the inlet

Priority Actions Proposed by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation

To improve the environmental health and integrity of Burrard Inlet by 2025, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation proposed six priority actions:

1.   Update Water Quality Objectives for Burrard Inlet

2.   Install Scientific Instruments to Monitor Water Quality in Burrard Inlet

3.   Characterize and Reduce Pollution from Stormwater Runoff

4.   Map Nearshore Habitats and Forage Fish Spawning Beaches

5.   Conserve Critical Nearshore Habitat Complexes

6.   Recover Shelfish Beds

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© Tsleil-Waututh Nation, Sacred Trust Initiative, 2017