Tag: Heiltsuk

Aerial view of the white and blue and green brilliance of the herring spawn in Kitasoo/Xai’xais territory.

Oceans RFA formalizes collaborative marine management process

In June 2018, on National Indigenous People’s Day, representatives from 14 First Nations gathered near Prince Rupert, along with officials from Canada’s Federal Government, to announce a landmark agreement for working together to protect and manage the North Pacific Coast. The Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Bioregional Oceans Management and Protection, often referred to simply as

Ernie (right) and Sandie (left) are on a boat and sitting on either side of a metal crab trap full of crabs. Both are wearing large, dark green rain coats. Sandie is holding a clipboard. The water behind them looks cold and grey, and there are evergreens in the distance.

Crab pilot project a positive step towards collaborative fisheries management

Together, the project partners conducted an extensive assessment of current crab science. This included the science our Nations have conducted within our territories that incorporates our Indigenous and local knowledge. This illustrates DFO’s willingness to accept Indigenous knowledge and Western science as complementary ways of knowing…

IMAX Director, Ian McAllister interviewing Mercedes Robinson- Neasloss for the lm. Photo by MacGillivray Freeman.

Great Bear Rainforest IMAX features our Nations

In February of this year a really big film hit theatres around the world. Three years in the making, the Great Bear Rainforest IMAX showcases the wild beauty and rich wildlife of the coast. Importantly, it also features Central Coast First Nations people and our strong ties to this place as its original stewards…

sunrise over the forest and mountains

Bears, salmon and our people.

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

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…

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.

Markus Thompson dives with tanks to survey herring spawn.

New Hope for Herring

Over the past two years the herring fishery on the central coast has been a source of controversy. Disagreements between our Nations and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) have led to peaceful but persistent conflicts…

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