Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

Indigenous Partners

Burdock (Arctium spp.) burs can impact wildlife which could be problematic for hunters who harvest meat, and ranchers who keep livestock. Infestations of burdock can also make it difficult to harvest berries and plants.

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Our Indigenous partners play a significant role in the work we do.

Invasive species can significantly impact Indigenous communities by affecting infrastructure, economies, health and cultural practices including traditional economies and harvesting. ISCBC works in partnership with Indigenous community leaders and members to gain their valued input into our work, from recommending employment and training needs to strengthening partnerships with industry and governments.

Indigenous Invasive Species Network

The Indigenous Invasive Species Network (IISN) co-ordinates meetings and communications between Indigenous communities and organizations in BC.

The network holds frequent conference calls where current programs and projects related to Indigenous communities are reviewed and issues regarding invasive species are shared. Members provide valuable input, engage in great discussions about key invasive species issues impacting their communities, and share challenges and solutions. Updates are also provided by email through the network listserv (group email).

Visit Resources and For Youth to check out publications, webinars and educational activities. Watch our Indigenous video series on YouTube. Each of these resources was developed with network input.

Join the Indigenous Invasive Species Network today

It is free to be a member, and you will be linked into our conference calls, connected through the Listserv group email, and be invited to participate in the annual Indigenous Workshop, part of the ISCBC’s annual Forum and AGM. To join, simply complete the form below.

Indigenous Invasive Species Network Workshop

Indigenous Land Stewardship & Traditional Uses: Building Tools, Networks & Support for Invasive Species Management

Each year ISCBC hosts an IISN workshop as part of the annual INVASIVES Forum. On April 21, 2021, the workshop took place virtually and featured two internationally renowned speakers; Eli Enns of Tla-o-qui-aht Nation, discussing Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA’s) and other topics; and Dr. Andrea Reid of Nisga’a Nation, discussing Centering Indigenous Fisheries in ‘4R’ Research, Teaching and Outreach. Over 75 participants attended the workshop, and the speaker sessions were recorded (individual breakout discussion rooms were not recorded). Funding for the workshop was provided by BC Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and ISCBC.