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Indigenous guardian patrols offer ‘eyes on the land’ across Canada

When flooding last year broke open a fish ladder that allowed spawning salmon to get upriver near Cache Creek, B.C., locals trained as “guardians” from the nearby First Nation responded to the disaster first. They’d been warning about a growing hole in the critical fisheries structure—which looks like a stairway covered in water—for years. When it tore open, they followed their training and jumped into action.