Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance
First Nations culture and well-being are intricately linked to the health of our environment. For over 10,000 years we sustainably managed our territorial resources, ensuring that the trees, fish and water in our territories provided for today’s needs without compromising the health of the resources for future generations.
Working to Sustain Us
Over the last 100 years we have watched as a sector-by-sector approach to resource management has depleted resources on the land and in the ocean.
The Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance is working to return us to the healthy communities and sustainable resource management practices of our past by ensuring First Nations interests and traditional knowledge are balanced with the best western science.
Marine Protected Areas
Central Coast Nations are co-leading a collaborative effort to establish a network of Marine Protected Areas.
Stewarding Our Marine Territories
The Central Coast of British Columbia is one of the most spectacular and biologically rich places left on the planet – where ancient temperate rainforest intertwines with the living Pacific. The Heiltsuk, Kitasoo Xai’xais, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv, who have inhabited the Central Coast for thousands of years, formed the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA).
Exploring the viability of an NMCAR for the Central Coast is a crucial step in long-term marine protection.
Central Coast Nations are exploring a National Marine Conservation Area Reserve to implement MPAs.
Central Coast work together on a roadmap for ecological protection and economic prosperity.
CCIRA is looking for a Fisheries Lead to help advance Central Coast Nations’ priorities under the Fisheries Resource Reconciliation Agreement framework.
The 2022 CCIRA Annual Report highlights key areas of progress and success over the past year, and long-term efforts in support of Central Coast Nations.
After more than a decade of work, 15 coastal First Nations and federal and provincial governments, jointly endorse the Great Bear Sea MPA Network.