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

MPA network update
May 3, 2019
Work continues on the Canada-British Columbia Marine Protected Area Network Strategy—a government-to-government-to-government effort to create a marine protected area network within 13 bioregions in Canada, including the Central Coast of BC. This work—co-led by provincial and federal agencies along with 17 First Nations (including Central Coast Nations)—is critical to protect marine resources that are in ...
CCIRA hires new staff
May 1, 2019
See all of our team members. Jean-Phillip Sargeant, Marine Response Coordinator Jean has a passion for resource management and the marine environment. After graduating from the University of Victoria with a degree in geography he spent time abroad to acquire a graduate degree in coastal and marine resource management. Jean has had the opportunity to ...
Oceans RFA formalizes collaborative marine management process
April 29, 2019
In June 2018, on National Indigenous People’s Day, representatives from 14 First Nations gathered near Prince Rupert, along with officials from Canada’s Federal Government, to announce a landmark agreement for working together to protect and manage the North Pacific Coast. The Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Bioregional Oceans Management and Protection, often referred to simply as ...
Groundfish chasing the light for science
April 26, 2019
Counting fish isn’t easy – especially when counting live fish that are swimming around in the depths of the ocean. But since 2015, CCIRA has been doing just that by towing a video camera equipped with lasers behind a boat. Using data from this work, CCIRA scientists have published a paper in the journal Biological ...
Crab pilot project a positive step towards collaborative fisheries management
April 23, 2019
Together, the project partners conducted an extensive assessment of current crab science. This included the science our Nations have conducted within our territories that incorporates our Indigenous and local knowledge. This illustrates DFO’s willingness to accept Indigenous knowledge and Western science as complementary ways of knowing...
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...
CCIRA Job Posting - EXTENDED
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 ...

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