Everything is Connected
Like other Indigenous communities throughout Canada, the Tla-o-qui-aht people are survivors. Despite environmental, social and cultural upheavals, the Tla-o-qui-aht are finding creative holistic solutions and restoring their traditional stewardship over the Ha-huulthii, their traditional territory, also known as Clayoquot Sound. Guided by their traditional teachings of “Hishuk Ish Tsa’walk”— everything is one, everything is connected—Tla-o-qui-aht people are developing ways to meet their ancestral obligation of looking after their traditional territory as climate changes. They are working on restoring logged watersheds after decades of clear-cutting; reviving traditional salmon runs after decades of logging and overfishing; healing their communities devastated by the decades of government assimilation and pressure; and developing a local economy that does not undermine, but supports, local ecological and cultural systems.