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

Central Coast Nations Aim to Create a National Marine Conservation Area Reserve
August 17, 2021
The Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Nations have signed a begun a collaborative process to establish a new National Marine Conservation Reserve.
Coral Reef Discovery in the Central Coast a Major Find
August 12, 2021
With the recent discovery of cold-water corals in Finlayson Channel, Central Coast stewardship leaders have even more reason to protect the diverse web of wildlife through marine protected areas (MPAs).
Lessons in Co-governance: Ensuring FSC Access to Dungeness Crab
April 1, 2021
Drawing upon years of intensive research, surveys and multi-general knowledge, Central Coast First Nations say closures at key locations will maintain healthy crab populations.
A New Vision for Salmon Monitoring and Stewardship on the Central Coast
February 23, 2021
This new report outlines a framework for increased salmon monitoring and stewardship to support recovery and conservation of salmon along the Central Coast.
Job Opportunity: Applied Quantitative Biologist
February 6, 2021
CCIRA is searching for an Applied Quantitative Biologist who will help with quantitative data analyses and contribute to fisheries management and science processes.
Common Voice: Issue #12, December 2020
January 7, 2021
Our latest newsletter -- Common Voice: Issue #12 -- is available. Click to learn more!
Vicki Sahanatien: Arctic to the Central Coast
January 7, 2021
CCIRA welcomes Vicki Sahanatien as our new Program Director, Marine Planning & Conservation!
Charlotte Whitney: Back to the Central Coast
January 7, 2021
CCIRA is thrilled to welcome Charlotte Whitney to the team, as our new Program Director, Fisheries Management & Science.
Adapting to Climate Change on the Central Coast
January 7, 2021
With the full research paper published in the journal Ecology and Society, we share insights from CCIRA’s Charlotte Whitney and the Central Coast community members she interviewed about their perceptions and approaches to climate change.