Welcome to the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Allies
Driving Clayoquot Sound's Conservation Economy
The Tribal Parks Allies are a community of businesses committed to supporting the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s vision of achieving a socially and ecologically just conservation economy, where every dollar spent supports the ecological protection and restoration of the Tribal Parks and the resurgence of Tla-o-qui-aht culture and governance.
We define what it means for businesses to be Allies and ambassadors of our Tribal Parks. Our Allies demonstrate to communities across Canada that reconciliation starts locally.
In reciprocity for their support, we promote Allied businesses with our ethical certification standard, invest in tourism infrastructure with our Tribal Parks Guardians, and maintain a clean and healthy homeland for our guests’ continued enjoyment. Next time you’re in Tofino, look for businesses bearing our logo and take part in our movement!
Planning a trip to Tofino in the Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks?
Enroll your business in our certification program here.
Our Theory of Change
The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s successful defense of Wanachus/Hilthuuis (Meares Island) Tribal Park from clear-cut logging in 1984 is an example of how Indigenous Peoples hold the balance of power in protecting the environment. Our strong rights – enshrined in the Canadian constitution, in the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and passed down for generations by our Ha’wiih (heredity chiefs) – empower us to enact meaningful stewardship of our lands and waters. But just as our defense of Meares Island couldn’t have succeeded without the help of Allies from around the world, we can’t protect our homeland without the support of all of its beneficiaries.
The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation lives by the principle of heshook-ish-tsawalk: Everything is one and all are interconnected. We acknowledge all humans as a fundamental part of our local ecology. To honour our reciprocal relationship with the land, we strive to engage all residents and visitors to Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks in our conservation economy. Stand with us and see Indigenous sovereignty reasserted, unbalanced relationships righted, and iisaak – respect for all living things – as a law of the land.