Canada Nature Fund Grant Application: Similkameen Valley Smeqlmix Conservation Areas

by | Sep 3, 2021


to conserve 299745 ha of forest lands in three separate conservation areas as indigenous conservation areas managed by ecological and smelqmix based forestry management practices.


  1. to conserve for ecological purposes these important habitats
  2. to improve forest management in a way that supports cultural uses (the smelqmix people always managed forest land in the Similkameen valley, including by fire) and creates sustainable forestry economic opportunities
  3. Restore the habitat and access for Okanagan people to hunt, fish, gather, practice spiritual practices and transfer cultural knowledge to future generations.