Keepers of the coast

Keepers of the Coast takes a close look at how the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, and Wuikinuxv Nations are 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. Keepers of the Coast explores how the Nations are using a combination of traditional knowledge and science to inform marine plans that uphold our indigenous laws and steward our marine resources in a manner that sustains our cultures and ensures intact ecosystems, healthy communities and local sustainable economies, now and into the future.

The projects and issues

Our territories – Spend 5 minutes learning more about our Nations territories and the ecosystems, species and habitats that make them so unique.

The issues – Take a quick look at the marine issues our Nations are fighting to address to create a more sustainable and equitable coast

Sustainable Economies – In this segment, our Nations talk about what sustainable economies mean to them and describe how we’re working to develop an economy that meets today’s needs as well as our grandchildren’s.

The trailer

This short 5 min film provides a glimpse into the beautiful territories of the Central Coast Nations. Learn about the marine planning and stewardship work we are doing and the opportunities for and hurdles preventing implementation of our marine plans.

The film

The full length film dives deeper into the stewardship work of the Nations, the partnerships and collaborations we’ve developed with scientists, environmental organizations and the Province of BC along the way, and the struggles we have faced in trying to have our indigenous laws recognized and marine plans implemented in our territories. Run time: 37 minutes.