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

Spring is herring season
March 21, 2017
Herring are a critical part of coastal ecosystems and the lives of coastal First Nations. The herring fishery has also been a source of controversy on the central coast. But one thing everybody can agree on is that herring are amazing. This beautiful film from the Hakai Institute says it all...
Science and our fishers agree: crab populations in trouble
March 15, 2017
As fishing pressure has increased in recent years and our Nations’ catches of Dungeness crab have declined, our people have become concerned about the state of this food resource in our territories. Our Watchmen have assembled the most comprehensive scientific dataset available on central coast crab...
Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Heritage Database: bringing wisdom and stories home
March 9, 2017
Over the last two years an information-gathering project has taken place in Kitasoo/Xai’Xais territory. As part of the Indigenous Law Project, community researchers unearthed over 2000 items of cultural and scientific significance to the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais people, including historic photographs...
Hello world!
December 17, 2016
Hello everyone. We are officially publishing articles online...
Issue # 7, July 2016
July 24, 2016
We published the seventh issue of The Common Voice in July of 2016...
Investing in Central Coast Fisheries
July 20, 2016
Some folks who took advantage of training opportunities and became a certified commercial diver. But diving credentials alone are not enough to get a business up and running. That is why the CCCFA began helping people...
Measuring MaPP’s Progress
July 16, 2016
Our Nations have high hopes for the Central Coast Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) plan to create healthy coastal ecosystems and a vibrant future for...
Crabs, Conflict and Reconciliation
July 12, 2016
This spring there was a dispute in Nuxalk territory when commercial crab fishers began working within experimental crab fishing closures that were set aside under indigenous law for research purposes...
Guardian Watchmen Essential for MaPP
July 6, 2016
The Heiltsuk are not the only Nation humming with activity from their Guardian Watchmen. With funding from the Central Coast Marine Planning Partnership process (MaPP), each central coast Nation...


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