Eco-Cultural Restoration of Wetlands at Tl’chés (Chatham Islands), British Columbia, Canada

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Scholarly level: 
Graduate student (Masters)
Date created: 
Eco-cultural restoration
Wetland ecosystems
Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK)
Traditional resource and environmental management (TREM)
Estuarine root gardens
Songhees First Nation

This research project examined the restoration possibilities for two culturally important wetland ecosystems at Tl'chés (Chatham Islands, British Columbia, Canada). The first wetland is a sacred bathing pool and holds cultural significance, the second is a remnant silverweed and springbank clover (Potentilla anserine ssp. pacifica and Trifollium wormskjoldii) root garden. These wetlands are necessary ecosystems for the wildlife on Tl'chés as wetlands are rare, but also an integral part of Songhees' cultural practices. My work was done at the invitation from elder Súlhlima (Joan Morris) who was one of the last resident of the islands and retains hereditary rights there, and Songhees Chief Ron Sam and band council. The goal of my project was to develop a restoration plan to restore the wetlands to pre-abandonment conditions, so cultural practices can continue, and to benefit the islands native plant and animal species. The project highlights the value of combining traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) and traditional resource and environmental management (TREM) practices with ecological restoration.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
Rights remain with the author.
Senior supervisor: 
Darcy Mathews
Environment: Ecological Restoration Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.Sc.