Creating a Novel Framework: Managing a Tribal Park for Biocultural Conservation

The Dasiqox tribal Park, one of Canada’s most exciting current initiatives, was established in 2014 by the Tsilhqot’in First Nation following the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark recognition of Tsilhqot’in Title in their territory. Dr. Bhattacharyya has been invited to work with Yunesit’in Development Enterprise, in collaboration with partnering First Nations and organizations, to develop a management plan for the Dasiqox Tribal Park. The purpose of this project is to design a new management planning framework based in Tsilhqot’in governance and cultural values, that will support a sustainable local economy. Yunesit’in Development Enterprise will benefit from Dr. Bhattacharyya’s professional expertise and long-term research experience engaging Tsilhqot’in communities. By creating a strong management plan that sustains natural systems while addressing local economic, cultural and livelihood needs, this research project is poised to set new precedents that are locally beneficial, yet broadly relevant nationally and internationally.

Faculty Supervisor:

Nancy Turner


Jonaki Bhattacharyya


Yunesit'in Development Enterprise


Environmental sciences


Natural resources


University of Victoria



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