Bear watching in British Columbia, Canada

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Responsible tourism: Bear watching in British Columbia, Canada

Environment

Spirit Bear Lodge has made a firm commitment to supporting high level academic research as a way to preserve and protect the Spirit Bear legacy. The Kitasoo Xaixais have partnered with university researchers and several NGO's to pursue rigorous academic research which will help shed light on the Spirit Bear population dynamics in Kitasoo territory. Protecting the natural habitat of the Spirit bear is a major achievement for the Kitasoo Xai'xais people and the conservation groups that worked tirelessly to give this bear a sanctuary from logging and hunting.

In recognition of the importance that the Spirit Bear plays in Kitasoo Xaixais culture, the Kitasoo recently formed a non-profit society - The Spirit Bear Research Foundation - to raise funds to help support high level academic research. Spirit Bear Lodge is a strong supporter of this foundation and in 2011 made a significant in-kind and cash donation to launch a baseline data collection research project. Working closely with researchers in the UK and here in BC in the 2011 field season, the Spirit Bear Research Foundation placed a series of remote, infrared cameras in key watersheds throughout the system to begin to collect information on the habits and movements of not only the Spirit Bear but other species as well.

Spirit Bear Lodge works closely with the Coastal Guardian Network of watchmen of the region. The Watchmen Program (also called Coastal Guardian) is an initiative that was developed by BC Coastal First Nation Communities to control and participate in a stewardship and monitoring of their traditional lands and waters. This program is a mechanism for the Kitasoo to ensure that the activities and practices within their territory are consistent with community plans and government regulations.

Community

The lodge is a community based ecotourism venture owned and operated by the Kitasoo/Xai’xais, First Nations people that have lived in the area for generations. They share the forest and salmon with a very special creature they call moskgm'ol, or spirit bear, that some believe hold super-natural powers. The remote village of Klemtu is home to the Kitasoo/Xaixais people. Two distinct tribal organizations live here: the Kitasoo (Tsimshian) who were originally from Kitasu Bay and the Xai'xais of Kynoc Inlet. The Kitasoo/Xaixais people are the only permanent residents within the traditional territories of this First Nation. Throughout your stay you will be exposed to the rich culture of the Kitasoo/ Xaixais people and gain an insight into this remote village that was once a bustling coastal fishing and trading centre. As many of the benefits as possible stay in the community helping the Kitasoo/Xaixais to develop a sustainable economy, and preserve the last intact temperate old growth forest in the world and the animals who make their home here.

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