Invasive species can have negative impacts on our economy, health, and environment; and can have adverse impacts on important cultural practices, such as harvesting traditional foods and medicines and hunting. Through collaboration with the Indigenous Invasive Species Network, the ISCBC aims to develop and provide culturally informed resources that are relevant and useful to Indigenous communities and anyone wanting more information.
The Invasive Species Council of BC is committed to continuing a partnership based on respect and collaboration with Indigenous communities across British Columbia. At ISCBC we acknowledge the inherent rights and jurisdiction of Indigenous peoples over their territories, and that Indigenous peoples have been the stewards of the land since time immemorial. With the threat of invasive species, ISCBC aims to support Indigenous communities in the eradication and prevention of invasives in their territories through resources, partnership, and facilitation of other services.
Rural Dividend Project
An example of our collaboration is the Rural Dividend Project (2017-18) in which we worked with five Indigenous communities: Xat’sull First Nation, Williams Lake Indian Band, Upper Nicola Band, Simpcw First Nation and Esketemc First Nation. ISCBC provided training and field experience for community members; helped develop and implement custom invasive plant management plans; funded priority site treatment, enabled the purchase of equipment for future management activities, and provided support through the ISCBC staff.
ISCBC participated in community meetings and invasive species presentations, helped promote and deliver two provincially recognized Pesticide Applicator Courses, and carried out treatment of priority invasive species sites on Indigenous lands by a team of skilled treatment staff, who worked alongside the community's trained treatment team to complete the treatments while building capacity in the community.