Ocean Outfitters recognizes the inherent and constitutional right of the Tla-o-qui-aht people to manage and monitor the haḥuułi. First Nations in Canada have the right to self-government within their traditional territories as affirmed in Section 35 of the 1982 Constitution Act. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is party, reaffirms this right and furthermore acknowledges the fundamentally important role Indigenous peoples play in environmental stewardship and protection.

We share the same commitment to seek ways to deepen our relationship. We share a common vision for socially, economically, and ecologically just communities.

While Ocean Outfitters may not agree with all the land management decisions of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations, (specifically open net pen aquaculture and the logging of old growth), we agree with their right to make those decisions, and we will continuously strive to achieve our shared visions for a sustainable Clayoquot Sound.

The Tribal Parks mandate is to enable ƛaɁuukwiath citizens to revitalize traditional customs and livelihoods and participate equitably in the local economy while strengthening their capacity as stewards to the land.

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