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Indigenous guardian patrols offer ‘eyes on the land’ across Canada – OurWindsor

by ahnationtalk on March 13, 201938 Views

VANCOUVER—When flooding last year broke open a fish ladder that allowed spawning salmon to get upriver near Cache Creek, B.C., locals trained as “guardians” from the nearby First Nation responded to the disaster first.

They’d been warning about a growing hole in the critical fisheries structure — which looks like a stairway covered in water — for years. When it tore open, they followed their training and jumped into action.

“One of our group saw the hole escalate,” recalled Art Antoine, demonstrating the size of the breach by holding his arms out wide.

A guardian watchman with Bonaparte First Nation, Antoine spoke to the Star wearing a collared forest-green shirt emblazoned with “Protector” on the back and “Territorial Patrol” patches on the arms.

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