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

Conservation win: herring roe fishery suspended
March 13, 2018
After years of difficulties with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), our Nations won a major victory this spring when DFO agreed to suspend the 2018 commercial herring roe fishery across the Central Coast. Central Coast herring populations have seen major declines from industrial fishing practices. The Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nations have each taken their own ...
Deep sea expedition
March 7, 2018
Something big is happening this week on the Central Coast. Our Nations have partnered with Oceana Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Ocean Networks Canada to execute a deep sea expedition in Kitasoo/Xai’Xais, Heiltsuk, and Wuikinuxv territories. Using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) the expedition team will probe deep into the waters of our territories, ...
Doug Neasloss featured in National Geographic news
November 6, 2017
Doug Neasloss of the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nation has been at the center of it all when it comes to developing ecotourism in his traditional territory and ending trophy hunting of bears in the Great Bear Rainforest. Now, his work is being featured in this National Geographic news story
CCIRA's Alejandro Frid, talks rockfish on Roundhouse Radio
May 31, 2017
Listen to CCIRA's Science Coordinator, Alejandro Frid, discuss the results of our newest rockfish research paper during this radio interview.
CCIRA and Hakai collaborate on rockfish surveys.
May 31, 2017
In collaboration with the Hakai Institute, CCIRA wrapped up a second season of rockfish surveys this spring, studying the state of rockfish populations in some key Rockfish Conservation Areas on the central coast. If you’ve never had the opportunity to dive on the central coast, this video will take you under the waves and give you a glimpse of what our divers see while they are at work.
Issue # 8, April 2017
May 10, 2017
We published the eighth issue of The Common Voice in April of 2017...
Rockfish research linked to indigenous rights
May 8, 2017
Fifty years ago Charlie Mason could hop in a boat, travel a short distance from his home in Klemtu, catch enough rockfish for a meal or two, and then head back to town. “Today it is not that easy,” he says.
Rockfish research: key results and potential management actions
May 8, 2017
Over the past 50 years the central coast has seen a significant increase in recreational and commercial rockfish fishing. Our Nations are concerned about the impact these fisheries are having on this important food resource. In response CCIRA launched a rockfish research project in 2013. Here, we present a summary of results from a recent rockfish study in our territories.
Bears, salmon and our people.
April 25, 2017
Bears, salmon, indigenous rights, and local management of resources all converge in this beautiful and moving video.


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