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.

Keepers of the Coast

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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 have joined forces, forming the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, otherwise known as CCIRA.

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Recent posts

Incorporating Indigenous perspectives in research
April 17, 2019
Under the direction of our Science Coordinator, Alejandro Frid, CCIRA has established a record of publishing in top scientific journals. This growing body of work illustrates CCIRA’s commitment to doing rigorous research on marine resources that matter to our Nations, while also illustrating how Indigenous knowledge and Western science can complement one another. In collaboration ...
Great Bear Rainforest IMAX features our Nations
April 10, 2019
In February of this year a really big film hit theatres around the world. Three years in the making, the Great Bear Rainforest IMAX showcases the wild beauty and rich wildlife of the coast. Importantly, it also features Central Coast First Nations people and our strong ties to this place as its original stewards...
February 19, 2019
CCIRA is extending its offering for a new position for Indigenous youth. The successful candidate will work closely with the CCIRA Marine Planner, Marine Implementation Coordinator and Central Coast First Nation communities to implement key elements of the MaPP workplan. This junior position offers a great opportunity for a strong candidate (from any First Nation) ...
Rebuilding depleted fisheries: why it matters to coastal communities
November 14, 2018
Our Nations have a deep connection with the ocean. For millennia, the ocean has provided for our people, sustaining us physically, culturally and economically.  Sadly, industrial fishing practices have depleted many of fisheries we rely on. In this video, filmmaker and Oceana Canada’s Senior Advisor, Alexandra Cousteau, spends time in our communities to learn about the ...
New CCIRA study identifies key habitats for rockfish conservation
July 7, 2018
What’s at stake when it comes to conservation of fish populations on the Central Coast?  Frank Johnson of the Wuikinuxv Nation puts it this way: “We stand to lose a lot. If we lose all the fish, they’ll be no Wuikinuxv.”  In other words, as seafaring and fishing people, the culture, livelihood and physical sustenance ...
Deep sea expedition highlights value of partnerships for marine conservation
May 9, 2018
On a March morning this spring, a group of scientists, educators, traditional knowledge holders, and resource managers gathered around a collection of screens on board the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Vector, with coffee cups in hand. They were tired from long days of work, but also excited about the day ahead. Cruising 400 meters below ...
Issue #9, April 2018
May 1, 2018
Issue #9, April 2018 on CCIRA | Inside this issue: Doug Neasloss featured in National Geographic, Science update, Shrinking giant: rockfish research tells a story, local filmmaker highlights need for better oil spill response and more...
Measuring progress with MaPP indicator monitoring
April 27, 2018
Marine environments are vulnerable to human exploitation, and Central Coast ecosystems are no different. Our territories have suffered from the effects of overfishing and other industries, like forestry, for decades. To preserve our Nations’ way of life, long-term conservation planning and monitoring of environmental changes are critical. Just ask Ernie Tallio, who’s seen the cumulative ...
Shrinking giant: rockfish research tells a story
April 17, 2018
Want to know more about our rockfish research and its ties to our Indigenous rights? Check out our Reports page to see our published scientific papers. Comic by Nicole Burton.


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