Knowledge, governance, and sustainability in the T'Sou-ke First Nation
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This case-study explores the experience of the T’Sou-ke First Nation in their effort to implement their vision of self-sufficiency, sustainability, and cultural and environmental renewal using their traditional values and knowledge as well as contemporary science and technology. Specifically, this case-study considered some examples of how this blend of Indigenous knowledge and science has influenced some recent governing decisions as well as possible future decisions relating to the First Nation’s aspirations. The recent and possible future actions undertaken include the T’Sou-ke Nation’s solar project, its participation in a collaborative marine monitoring effort undertaken with neighbouring First Nations, the development of affordable passive solar housing on its reserve, and the possible future establishment of a tribal park. Lessons from the T’Sou-ke experience for other coastal communities seeking to build resiliency and sustainability into their planning for the future, especially in light of rapid climate change, are considered.