Cumulative Effects

The Metlakatla CEM Program is a resource management system for monitoring the status of priority Metlakatla values and proactively responding to cumulative change in Metlakatla Traditional Territory over time. The goal of the CEM Program is to manage and improve the condition of priority Metlakatla values. 


The Metlakatla CEM Program includes many interconnected values. Trade-offs are an integral component of the CEM Program. In certain situations, Metlakatla might be willing to accept a level of cumulative change in one value if it means another connected value is improved. 


In 2014, the Metlakatla First Nation and the Metlakatla Stewardship Society initiated the Metlakatla CEM Program by organizing a team of staff, consultants, and university researchers to develop the program framework and methods. Metlakatla has developed a multi-year research partnership with the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University funded to help carry out this work.


For more information about the Metlakatla CEM Program, including the framework, methods, and projects, please visit our website:


The Metlakatla CEM Program Synopsis report can also be downloaded here