First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) acknowledges the First Nations upon whose traditional lands this document was prepared. Primarily, this plan was written on the traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, W̱SÁNEĆ and Lekwungen Peoples.

We also recognize the Métis people and urban Indigenous people who make their homes on these lands.

Although this toolkit focuses on the context in B.C., most of the teachings included can be applied to the diverse contexts of many Indigenous Nations across Canada and globally. We encourage users of the toolkit to apply any relevant learnings to their own communities, wherever they may be.

We are also mindful of the diverse cultural teachings and protocols that exist across Indigenous nations. Cultural protocols are at the heart of ICH planning and programs, and anything that is suggested in this guide is meant to be adapted to honour individual community protocols. In this way, we have avoided providing recommendations for following certain protocols or ceremonial approaches to this work. We leave that space for communities to fill in themselves based on their own teachings.

This toolkit was developed with the help of Indigenous heritage management professionals and other collaborators. We are grateful to the following individuals, who supported the preparation of this toolkit:

Karen Aird Manger of Heritage Programs, FPCC
Angie BainResearcher, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Catherine BellProfessor Emerita, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta
Lyndsie BourgonCultural Heritage Program Coordinator, FPCC
Genevieve CasaultManager of Heritage Programs and Services, BC Government, Heritage Branch
Keisha CharnleyConsultant, Arrive Consulting
c̓ris (Jordan Coble)  səxʷk̓ʷińmaʔm̓ / Councillor, Westbank First Nation  
Paulina CsiscaiIndigenous Cultural Heritage Planner, FPCC
Joanne HammondDirector of Heritage and Assistant CEO, Skeetchestn Natural Resources Corp.
Evan HardyRepatriation and Collections Specialist, Tsleil-Waututh Nation
Dianne HinkleyIndigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee, FPCC
Stephanie Huddlestan       Culture, Language and Heritage Coordinator, Metlakatla First Nation
Erika Laanela                                          Senior Heritage Planner, BC Government, Heritage Branch
Laax̱ Lo’op (Cynthia Jensen Fisk)Gitx̱’san, Wilps G̱eel
Leslie LeBourdaisBA, BGIS, Pellt’iq’t te Secwepemc, Indigenous Archaeologist
Rachel MasonPrincipal, Arrive Consulting
McLellan, EliseHeritage Resource Officer, BC Government, Heritage Branch
Emmy McMillan                                                         Communications Officer, FPCC
Robert, J. MuirPhD, Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University
Dr. George P. NicholasProfessor, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University
Katie OlthuisClimate Action Secretariat, BC Government
Ursula Pfahler                               Senior Heritage Planner, BC Government, Heritage Branch
Lisa ProsperIndependent Heritage Consultant
Aviva Rathbone                                          Senior Archaeologist, Musqueam Indian Band
Rudy Reimer YumksAssociate Professor, Departments of Archaeology and Indigenous Studies / Director of the Bill Reid Centre, Simon Fraser University
Christophe RivetPhD, Director – EVOQ Strategies and President of ICOMOS Canada
David Schaepe                       PhD, Director and Senior Archaeologist, Stó:lō Research & Resource Management Centre / Stó:lō Service Agency, Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser School of Resource & Environmental Management / UFV, First Nations Studies
Dr. Kisha SupernantMétis, Director, Institute of Prairie and Indigenous Archaeology, University of Alberta
Katharine TurveyProgram Officer for Culture, Canadian Commission for UNESCO
Trisha Kehaulani WatsonJD, PhD, Vice President, ‘Āina Momona
John Welch Registered Professional Archaeologist 10227/ Professor of Archaeology, Professor of Resource and Environmental Management, Director of the Online Professional Program in Heritage Resource Management, Simon Fraser University  
Ross WilsonExecutive Director, Metlakatla Stewardship Society  


Kym Jones is a cultural heritage research associate with FPCC. Kym completed comprehensive preliminary research for this project, which informed the content and structure of the ICH toolkit.