Yinka Dene ‘Uza’hné Surface Water Management Policy

Description: The Yinka Dene ‘uza’hné from Nadleh Whut’en and Stellat’en have enacted a water management regime for the regulation of the surface waters throughout the whole of their Territories. This regime comprises the Yinka Dene ‘Uza’hné Surface Water Management Policy and Yinka Dene ‘Uza’hné Guide to Surface Water Quality Standards. The surface water management policy describes a water classification system to support effective application in water systems including Nechako River, Francois Lake, Endako River, Stellako River and Fraser Lake. The water classification system enables Nadleh Whut’en and Stellat’en to classify waters into three categories based on their cultural and ecological importance, including High Cultural or Ecological Significance (Class I Waters), Sensitive Waters (Class II Waters), and Typical Waters (Class III Waters). Please see the link to the policy below in ‘Additional Resources’.

Key Words:  First Nations, water management, policy, classification

Additional Resourceshttp://www.carriersekani.ca/images/docs/Yinka%20Dene%20’Uzah’ne%20Surface%20Water%20Management%20Policy%20(March%2018%202016)%20(00303183xC6E53).pdf

Lead Organization Yinka Dene ‘Uza’hné, Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, Stellat’en First Nation
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako
Status Complete
Website www.carriersekani.ca/news/yinke-dene-uzahne-guide-to-surface-water-quality-standards
Primary Contact Nadleh Whut’en Chief Martin Louie (1-250-690-7211)
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