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).
New video highlights collaborative efforts to create a Marine Protected Areas network for the Central Coast.
Central Coast Nations are working to design and implement a Marine Protected Area network that will benefit marine ecosystems and uplift our cultures.
Central Coast Nations continue to work toward implementing a Marine Protected Areas network. Here’s a summary of next steps!
A year into the process, Central Coast Nations assess whether management efforts are working to improve crab abundance and food fishery access.
Central Coast Nations launch two new salmon programs to improve catch monitoring and advance restoration in priority watersheds.
Central Coast Nations are working on a feasibility assessment of a possible National Marine Conservation Area Reserve for the Central Coast.