SGaan Kinghlas–Bowie Seamount Gin siigee tl’a damaan kinggangs gin k’aalaagangs Marine Protected Area Management Plan 2019

SGaan Kinghlas–Bowie Seamount Gin siigee tl’a damaan kinggangs gin k’aalaagangs Marine Protected Area Management Plan 2019

SGaan Kinghlas–Bowie Seamount Gin siigee tl’a damaan kinggangs gin k’aalaagangs Marine Protected Area Management Plan 2019 (PDF, 7.40 MB)

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3 SK-B Guiding Principles

This plan follows an ecosystem-based approach (as defined in the glossary), consistent with other marine plans in the region (e.g. PNCIMA, Marine Plan Partnership, Gwaii Haanas Gina ‘Waadluxan KilGuhlGa Land–Sea–People Management Plan). The following guiding principles are based on Haida ethics, values and laws that were developed to support planning on Haida Gwaii and that have been modified for the SK-B MPA context. They align with principles in national MPA and oceans strategies and frameworks, and ecosystem-based management (EBM) described in scientific, planning and management literature (Table 1).

Yahgudang – Respect. We respect each other and all living things. We take only what we need, we give thanks, and we acknowledge those who behave accordingly.

Gin ‘laa hl isdaa.uu – Responsibility. We accept the responsibility to manage and care for the land and sea together. We work with others to ensure that the natural and cultural heritage of SK-B MPA is passed on to future generations.

Gin ‘waadluwaan gud ahl kwaagiidang – Interconnectedness. Everything depends on everything else. Healthy ecosystems sustain culture, communities, and an abundant diversity of life, for generations to come.

Gin ‘waadluwaan damaan tl’ kinggang – Balance. The world is as sharp as the edge of a knife. Balance is needed in our interactions with the natural world. Care must be taken to avoid reaching a point of no return and to restore balance where it has been lost. All practices in the SK-B MPA must be sustainable.

Gin k’aaydangga Giiy uu tl’a k’anguudangs – Seeking Wise Counsel. Haida elders teach about traditional ways and how to work in harmony with the natural world. Like trees in the forest, the roots of all people are intertwined. Together we consider new ideas, traditional knowledge, and scientific information that allow us to respond to change in keeping with culture, values and laws.

‘Isda isgyaan diigaa isdii – Giving and Receiving. Reciprocity is an essential practice for interactions with each other and the natural and spiritual worlds. We continually give thanks to the natural world for the gifts that we receive.

Table 1. Linkages between SK-B MPA guiding principles, Canada’s MPA and oceans strategies and frameworks, and EBM principles.
SK-B Guiding Principles Relevant Principles from Canada’s MPA and oceans strategies and frameworks, and EBM literature*
Yahguudang or Yakguudang – Respect
  • Precautionary principle
  • Precautionary approach
‘Laa guu ga kanhllns – Responsibility
  • Consultation and collaboration
  • Respect Indigenous peoples
  • Shared responsibility
  • Public awareness, education and stewardship initiatives
  • Inclusive and participatory
  • Long-term protection
  • Protection of unique, vulnerable habitats and populations
Gina ‘Waadluxan gud ad kwaagiida –Interconnectedness
  • Ecosystem approach
  • Integrated management
  • Representation and replication
  • Ecological linkages/Connectivity
Giid tll’juus – Balance
  • Sustainable use/Sustainable development
Gina k’aadang.nga gii uu tl’ k’anguudang – Seeking Wise Counsel
  • Knowledge based
  • Adaptive management
  • Management effectiveness
Isda ad diigii isda – Giving and Receiving Equitable sharing
* Includes Canada’s Federal MPA Strategy (DFO 2005); Canada’s Oceans Strategy (DFO 2002); and Canada–British Columbia Marine Protected Area Strategy (DFO & BC 2014). Additional principles were identified from the EBM literature.
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