Access to foods and medicines that are indigenous to this place, is critically important to First Nations. The CRD is working closely with knowledge keepers to better understand the region's role in restoring the ecology for indigenous plants to thrive, the habitat for animals and shellfish to rebound.

oystersIndigenous foods include native plant species such as nettles and purple camas bulbs and animals from the land and sea such as deer, sea urchin and octopus.

The First Nations Relations Division is working closely with other CRD Departments to establish agreements that facilitate access to the lands for cultural and traditional use.