Mountain Goat

Southern and Southeast BC

50 Places, 50 Stories

In southern and southeast BC, towering mountain ranges, dry grasslands, deep river valleys and rich wetlands have been actively managed by Indigenous peoples for many thousands of years.

These landscapes and watersheds are the territories of the Okanagan, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, Ktunaxa, Kinbasket, Kalispell and Sinixt peoples.

Bears, cougars, mountain goats, elk and many more species make their homes here. You can explore the plants and animals of southern and southeast BC on Sierra Club BC’s Ecomap.

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50 Places Project: Teztan Biny (Fish Lake)

Teztan Biny, or Fish Lake, is a rich freshwater ecosystem in the headwaters of Chilcotin River, an important tributary of the Fraser River in the territory of the Tsilhqot’in Nation. Teztan Biny supports a large and genetically unique wild trout population as well as other wildlife, plants and medicines.

50 Places Project: Columbia River

The Columbia River is the largest river in North America’s Pacific Northwest. The sprawling watershed has been used as a primary hub of transportation and trade linking many different Indigenous peoples since ancient times. The river is known as swah'netk'qhu (the big river) by the Sinixt people of the Arrow Lakes area.

Sierra Club BC’s 50 Places Project

The 50 Places Project celebrates 50 stories of conservation across BC.

As Sierra Club BC marks fifty years of conservation work, we raise our hands to the longtime Indigenous stewards of fifty special places in BC. In many cases, Sierra Club BC and our partners have also played a role in helping protect these places.

Through Indigenous Guardian programs and sharing of deep and specialized knowledge between generations, Indigenous peoples continue to lead the way in conservation.

We invite you to celebrate these stories with us and find out how you can help create more lasting solutions for conservation now and into the future. 

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