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

Video: 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.
Nuxalk ancestral governance project
April 21, 2017
150 years ago western governments imposed a system of governance on our people that does not recognize our values, traditions or laws. Since then, our Nations have effectively been cut out of decisions that affect our people. The Indigenous Law Project has been one way that our Nations have been working to shift the conversation towards one that integrates our culture and makes us decision-makers in our territories.
Nathan E. Stewart not going away
April 18, 2017
Five months ago the Nathan E. Stewart made headlines when it ran aground in Heiltsuk territory spilling 110, 000 litres of diesel into coastal waters. The news reports may have faded but the impact of the spill has not...
Bringing ooligan home to Bella Coola
April 14, 2017
After years without any ooligan to render into grease, the Nuxalk Nation are celebrating. For the first time in many years there is a stink box full of ooligan beside the Bella Coola river.
CCIRA's herring research
April 11, 2017
This video highlights the herring research being done by CCIRA in collaboration with Simon Fraser University. This work is providing new information to help protect a resource that is a critical part of First Nations' culture and and coastal ecosystems.
Trust: A fundamental step towards collaborative fisheries management
April 5, 2017
Last year our Nations had some major challenges with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) with respect to the management of crab and herring. This is nothing new. In our attempts to protect the resources in our territories, our Nations have often gone head-to-head with DFO. We’ve had to.
Progress with DFO on collaborative crab management
March 30, 2017
After a recent meeting with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), our Nations have some new hope for central coast crab. Working together, we agreed on necessary steps that will take us closer to a collaborative decision-making framework for managing this resource.
Spring is herring season
March 21, 2017
Herring are a critical part of coastal ecosystems and the lives of coastal First Nations. The herring fishery has also been a source of controversy on the central coast. But one thing everybody can agree on is that herring are amazing. This beautiful film from the Hakai Institute says it all...
Science and our fishers agree: crab populations in trouble
March 15, 2017
As fishing pressure has increased in recent years and our Nations’ catches of Dungeness crab have declined, our people have become concerned about the state of this food resource in our territories. Our Watchmen have assembled the most comprehensive scientific dataset available on central coast crab...

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