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

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.
Tracking salmon abundance in the Pacific Ocean
January 7, 2021
As salmon populations continue to decline across the Central Coast and beyond, researchers are looking to the open ocean to help understand salmon survival dynamics.
Issue # 11, March 2020
April 29, 2020
Inside this issue: Download the PDFs You can download a PDF of this issue and all the previous issues as well. More about Issue #10
Five things you should know about rockfish and marine protection
April 27, 2020
Since 2013, CCIRA has been using science and traditional knowledge to build the most extensive database for rockfish ever compiled for the Central Coast. This growing body of work is providing insights that can help improve the design of the Marine Protected Areas network...
MPA Network and Fisheries Reconciliation Agreement create hope for new opportunities
April 17, 2020
25 years from now things could look very different on the Central Coast. Ocean ecosystems could be healthier and fish populations more robust with a thriving food fishery for local people. These outcomes are some of the possible benefits from the implementation of the Government-to-Government-Government Northern Shelf Bioregion Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network process – ...
CCIRA joins international research expedition
April 15, 2020
2019 was a bad year for salmon returns coast-wide in British Columbia, and an international team of scientists has been trying to figure out why. This March, the research team travelled back to the open Pacific for a second expedition to study the ocean survival of salmon, and this year CCIRA’s Field Technician, Tristan Blaine, ...