"Great Bear" film on Vimeo from Marchfelder

Video: bears, salmon and our people.

Bears, salmon, indigenous rights, and local management of resources all converge in this beautiful and moving video.

Grace Hans and Caroline Mack reviewing Nuxalk place name maps on a table

Nuxalk ancestral governance project

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.

Split shot showing Nathan E. Stewart above and below water after running around in Heiltsuk territory

Nathan E. Stewart not going away

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…

a live eulachon being held by a person

Bringing ooligan home to Bella Coola

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.

Herring milt making water cloudy around an island

CCIRA’s herring research

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.

Seine boat on the central coast.

Trust: A fundamental step towards collaborative fisheries management

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.

Dungeness crab on top of a crab trap

Progress with DFO on collaborative crab management

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.

A school of herring on the BC coast

Spring is herring season

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…

Wuikinuxv’s Gord Moody and Brian Johnson assessing a crab

Science and our fishers agree: crab populations in trouble

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…

Kitasoo Xai/Xais Heritage Database illustration

Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Heritage Database: bringing wisdom and stories home

Over the last two years an information-gathering project has taken place in Kitasoo/Xai’Xais territory. As part of the Indigenous Law Project, community researchers unearthed over 2000 items of cultural and scientific significance to the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais people, including historic photographs…

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