The sustainability project that I will implement in my community of Tsideldel after the trip is about protection of the land through documentation, gathering and sharing information with the community as knowledge is power. The Tsideldel community of the Tsilhqot’in nation has a vast amount of land, history, culture and community strength. By working together, we can plan a healthy and sustainable environment for our future generations. A lot of work needs to be done in different areas, I can help by providing videos,
I can walk long distances and I have a drone and soon a go pro. I have access to a truck and a quad to reach hard to get in places that hold not only great beauty but history where our ancestors have been. Elders and community members do not have the same access because of barriers. However, I can bring back the recordings and show elders and they can share information as it is better that way instead of just looking at a map. By showing elders these clips, their stories come out. Our elders are the greatest knowledge keepers in the community and nation. They are like books but nothing is written down. You can ask questions but sometimes elders don’t answer them fully. In Tsilhqot’in, elders just tell stories and that is how we learn. In this way, I can help my community get that information by reducing that intergenerational gap. I can work with the Lands Department by being part of the Lands Advisory Committee which is new. But we can work together on this important initiative as we are stronger together.