Central Coast First Nations take responsibility for and an interest in all resources in our territories.
For Federal and Provincial governments marine jurisdiction is a complex issue. We will use this plan to engage all levels of government in creating positive change in our marine territories. At the same time, we recognize that government may not be willing to address some of the issues in our Plan. As such, we will also engage industry, environmental organizations and other third parties to implement our Plan. Mechanisms for realizing plan implementation include:
- Securing joint-management agreements with government to give the Central Coast First Nations’ jurisdiction and governing authority over our marine environment and its resources, which enable revenue and benefit sharing, and provides for equitable First Nations’ participation in economic development and capacity building;
- Acquiring specific resource tenures and licences through government negotiation, existing programs, and market buy-back;
- Developing partnerships with industry, environmental organizations and other third parties through memorandums of understanding, and impact-benefit or joint venture agreements;
- Affirming Aboriginal rights and title to our lands and resources through treaty, litigation and other means, as appropriate.
Ideally, the vast majority of the goals and objectives in this plan will be achieved through direct negotiation with Provincial and Federal governments. This will require the same spirit of cooperation and mutual respect that occurred during the land use planning negotiations. It will also require an open-mind and willingness to move toward a more sustainable and equitable future for our marine territories and people.