Terrestrial Studies Initiative

CLIENT: T’Sou-ke First Nation
DATE: March 2021 – December 2022

Project Overview

The terrestrial studies initiative program, funded by TMX through their concessions to the Federal government provided a baseline study of current on-the-ground conditions of a broad area of traditional TFN territory. From a $250,000 budget, over $75,000 of technology that was used to complete the study remained with the SNEKE Guardian team in order continue the work on monitoring, tracking, and protecting important ecosystems within the traditional territory of the T’Sou-ke nation. Moving forward, the Nation will be able to lean on the tools, technologies, and training that SHIFT was able to collaboratively facilitate so that anticipated affects from increased marine shipping due to tanker traffic and regional port expansions can be mitigated.


  • Secured $290K in funding
  • Developed advanced training programs for Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
  • Implemented multispectral RPAS hardware and software
  • Created Airworks and ESRI GIS mapping training, hardware and software
  • Co-developed fieldwork monitoring plans and standard operating procedure

One can quickly draw parallels between the study of cumulative effects and the practice of “watching” and studying the natural environment, which traditional societies have practiced for millennia. The ability to watch and observe patterns and changes in the coastal environment and behaviors of the local wildlife is what permitted the Coast Salish to be successful residents and knowledge holders for millennia.

– SṈE₭E Marine Team

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