Positively Impactful! Read the recently published evaluation of the SEAS Community Initiative

TNC Canada is excited to share a recent study Taking Care of What We Know, a participatory evaluation of the SEAS Community Initiative. Please download and read the study to learn more about the impact the program is having.

The study has confirmed what we’ve long known: SEAS is a powerful and impactful program making a real difference in the lives of First Nation youth and their communities.

Key findings from the evaluation tell us that:

1      SEAS positively impacts youth in 6 key areas: leadership, school performance, character development, opportunity, connection to territory and culture, and health and wellness

2      SEAS successfully engages, develops and prepares Indigenous youth to become the next generation of leaders and stewards in their communities

3      SEAS provides youth with benefits that extend well beyond the development of skills and qualities linked to stewardship and leadership

4      SEAS is effective because the program is flexible and responsive to each Nation’s priorities

5      SEAS is successful because youth have access over multiple years and through different types of interventions (internship, school program)

6      SEAS has far-reaching positive impacts at the community level in 4 key areas: community well-being, cultural resurgence, community capacity, and economic opportunities

Please, take the opportunity to read through the attached report and get in touch with us with any questions you may have about the program, the ongoing work we are doing with our partners to plan, measure and evaluate SEAS programs, or our work to grow SEAS programming, so more children and youth in communities across Canada benefit from stewardship education.

Individual and Community Benefits of SEAS Programs 

SEAS Benefits



Heiltsuk Nation's SEAS Coordinator Wins Teaching Award

From: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/pmate-ppmee.nsf/eng/home

From: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/pmate-ppmee.nsf/eng/home

Congratulations go out to Johanna Walker-Gordon who coordinates the SEAS school program in Bella Bella, for being awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Read more here.

What sets Johanna apart is her ability to creatively integrate education that occurs outside the school with what occurs inside the school, engaging our students in exploring their traditional territory and culture, and preparing them to become environmental and resource stewards.
— Colleague quoted at: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/pmate-ppmee.nsf/eng/wz02238.html

Mtm gathering trip in Nuxalk

Mtm gathering trip in Nuxalk

We share a post from Luke Mack dated March 3, 2017 about a mtm (sea urchin) harvesting field trip.

We took students out on the inlet to gather mtm over the span of two days in early March. We had the wisdom of Stanley King, Nuxalk elder, the guidance of Ernie Tallio, Coastal Guardian Watchmen Program Coordinator, and the help of Darwin Anderson, certified commercial diver, to help harvest mtm.