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Tsimshian Environmental Stewardship Authority

Our Mandate

In response to increasing industrial development pressures, the Metlakatla, Gitxaala, Kitselas, Kitsumkalum and Gitga’at Nations are establishing the Tsimshian Environmental Stewardship Authority (TESA).

Our Nations agree that resource development can only take place when the environment and our communities are protected. We have a common interest in sound environmental management and recognize the benefit to working together – bax laansk – for the good of future generations.

While the responsibility to evaluate and manage the impacts of development remains with each First Nation, the Authority will provide a venue for the Nations to come together to address common environmental stewardship issues, including development proposals and cumulative impacts, through coordinated engagement with governments and project proponents throughout Tsimshian territories.

Through TESA, the Tsimshian Nations will work together to do critical work including:

  • Providing expert advice regarding the establishment of baseline studies and monitoring programs
  • Providing information to the members of our communities about potential project impacts and proposed mitigation measures
  • Working to develop the conditions by which our Nations would address environmental concerns regarding proposed projects in our territories
  • Strengthening oversight of federal and provincial environmental assessment processes, by supporting the engagement of our First Nations in these processes
  • Maintaining a regional forum where impacts of common concern and proposed mitigation measures can be discussed and implemented together

We are dedicated to the further development of the Tsimshian Environmental Stewardship Authority. We look forward to engaging Lax Kw’alaams, the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, and project proponents to work together to find a path forward that protects the environmental legacy with which we are entrusted.

  • Company Industry:Government / Civil Service
  • Company Type:Non-Profit Organization
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