Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA)

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA)

Gwaxdlala Nalaxdlala


Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA)

On November 29th, 2021, at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, B.C., the Mamalilikulla First Nation declared the Gwaxdlala/Nalaxdlala (Lull Bay/Hoeya Sound) in Knight Inlet, on the British Columbia Central Coast, an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA).

“This IPCA Declaration reflects our intent to take a primary role in the planning, use, management, and restoration of our traditional lands and waters in the Gwaxdlala/Nalaxdlala area of our territory,” said Mamalilikulla Chief Councillor Winidi (John Powell). “The area has great significance to our people, and we are taking the initiative to restore our traditional governance approach. It represents a constructive challenge to Canada’s Prime Minister and British Columbia’s Premier of their governments’ commitments to implement the articles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” said Chief Powell.

Following the Declaration, on May 5th, 2022 we held an on-site Community Dedication Ceremony where councillors, hereditary leaders, elders, singers and dancers and invited guests came together to acknowledge and celebrate our commitment to restoring and maintaining our connection to the Land, the Sea, the Sky and the Supernatural Ones.