Natural Resources

Matt Manuel
Natural Resource Coordinator
[email protected]

Lillooet Tribal Council Natural Resource Coordinator provides a range of services to its membership communities in dealing with other government agencies involved in utilizing and managing St’át’imc Interests in the territory. Resource applicants range from those seeking access for business, community, recreational or other reasons to those interested in the effective environmental stewardship of land. We assist our affiliated membership by coordinating relationships with tenures holders who are seeking permits & licenses through the Provincial jurisdiction by:

  • Supporting the membership communities to develop and facilitate the implementation of strategic St’át’imc Land-Use Planning

  • Managing a Heritage Field Reconnaissance program for the protection of St’át’imc Cultural Heritage sites

  • Managing and providing Land and Resource information and

  • Coordinating with professional applicants who propose recovery plans for broad-ranging species-at-risk in the territory.

In providing its services, the Natural Resource Department plays a role in improving coordinated access to St’át’imc natural resources in a way that furthers the St’át’imc governance commitment to building capacity, management of cultural/heritage, protection of the environment, promotion of sustainable stewardship practices. The role of the department is to act as advocate for its membership communities, and help resource applicants navigate – from start to finish. At the department, resource applicants are informed about the St’át’imc governance structure and are provided direction to seek authorizations that are required to start or expand a business.

Natural Resource Department will:

  1. Work with communities to guide resource applicants through required authorizations,

  2. Support communities to interpret land information, maps, management plans,

  3. Follow-up and track the status of applications filed,

  4. Liaise between communities, industry, and governments,

  5. Play a supportive role to membership in beginning the referral processes with St’át’imc,

  6. Help identify and market economic development opportunities, and

  7. Work together to provide better working relations with communities, industry and provincial staff.