Our ancestors never gave up our rights to the territory. Because they never gave up, today we are able to access, manage and use our resources for the collective benefit of our community.
Our ways of managing, using and taking care of our territory, however, were disrupted and changed with the arrival of Europeans to our land. For many years, our rights to our territory were denied. However, we continued to use our resources to support the wellbeing of our families; we hunted, fished, gathered medicines, firewood, and timber for cultural, as well as for economic purposes.
Today, the Natural Resource Directorate is comprised of two main sectors, Fisheries and Forestry. The objectives for the Natural Resources Directorate are to access, use and manage the resources from our territory, land and water, in a sustainable, viable and culturally relevant manner. The profits generated from Natural Resources’ operations help support Listuguj’s unfunded programs and provide enhanced service.