The Common Voice

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.

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.

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…

The Common Voice, CCIRA Newsletter, July 2016

Issue # 7, July 2016

We published the seventh issue of The Common Voice in July of 2016…

Glen Clellamin refinishing the hull of his boat in preparation for the fishing season.

Investing in Central Coast Fisheries

Some folks who took advantage of training opportunities and became a certified commercial diver. But diving credentials alone are not enough to get a business up and running. That is why the CCCFA began helping people…

A flock of surf scoters on the central coast.

Measuring MaPP’s Progress

Our Nations have high hopes for the Central Coast Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) plan to create healthy coastal ecosystems and a vibrant future for…

A surveyor holds up a dungeness crab.

Crabs, Conflict and Reconciliation

This spring there was a dispute in Nuxalk territory when commercial crab fishers began working within experimental crab fishing closures that were set aside under indigenous law for research purposes…

Aerial view of islands from the central coast

Guardian Watchmen Essential for MaPP

The Heiltsuk are not the only Nation humming with activity from their Guardian Watchmen. With funding from the Central Coast Marine Planning Partnership process (MaPP), each central coast Nation…

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