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CFN announces appointment of Gary Wilson as General Manager

June 13, 2017

Coastal First Nations Board Chair Patrick Kelly is pleased to announce the hiring of Gary Wilson as the new General Manager, effective June 12, 2017.

Gary brings to the General Manger position broad experience in operations, finance and business development, leading and developing teams, leading corporate change, project management and building strategic alliances. He has worked as a senior executive with the Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses and the Heiltsuk Economic Development Corporation. As a leader, he is recognized for strategic planning and his ability to guide change in diverse cultural, political and business environments.

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Job Opportunity: Business Project Manager – Essential Oils

June 8, 2017

Great Bear Initiative Society is in the process of establishing Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oil Ltd.  A unique opportunity exists for an experienced business, sales and marketing individual to create the business entity, identify sales opportunities and secure sales of premium quality essential oils, and provide business development expertise, direction and leadership to a regional First Nations’ owned essential oil venture. If you pride yourself in being a results-oriented individual and are looking to contribute your business development knowledge, sales and marketing skills, and to make a difference in an early stage organization, this may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. 

About Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oil Ltd. 

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Job Opportunity: Business Project Manager – Essential Oils

June 8, 2017

Great Bear Initiative Society is in the process of establishing Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oil Ltd.  A unique opportunity exists for an experienced business, sales and marketing individual to create the business entity, identify sales opportunities and secure sales of premium quality essential oils, and provide business development expertise, direction and leadership to a regional First Nations’ owned essential oil venture. If you pride yourself in being a results-oriented individual and are looking to contribute your business development knowledge, sales and marketing skills, and to make a difference in an early stage organization, this may be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. 

About Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oil Ltd. 

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Coastal First Nations responds to oil tanker moratorium legislation announcement by Federal Government

May 12, 2017

 May 12, 2017 (Vancouver) – The Coastal First Nations (CFN) commends Canada’s proposed oil tanker moratorium legislation on BC’s north coast. 

While First Nations have not yet had an opportunity to review the text of the proposed legislation, the materials released today indicate that the proposed new law, "An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia's north coast,” is likely to address most of the concerns of the Coastal First Nations.  

Patrick Kelly, the CFN board chair, said we are pleased the proposed act prohibits large oil tankers carrying bitumen or synthetic crude oils from landing at any port in the region, including the central coast, north coast, and Haida Gwaii.  “We fought hard against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project. This law puts an end to any future oil pipeline and tanker project in our territories.”  

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Coastal First Nations responds to oil tanker moratorium legislation announcement by Federal Government

May 12, 2017

 May 12, 2017 (Vancouver) – The Coastal First Nations (CFN) commends Canada’s proposed oil tanker moratorium legislation on BC’s north coast. 

While First Nations have not yet had an opportunity to review the text of the proposed legislation, the materials released today indicate that the proposed new law, "An Act respecting the regulation of vessels that transport crude oil or persistent oil to or from ports or marine installations located along British Columbia's north coast,” is likely to address most of the concerns of the Coastal First Nations.  

Patrick Kelly, the CFN board chair, said we are pleased the proposed act prohibits large oil tankers carrying bitumen or synthetic crude oils from landing at any port in the region, including the central coast, north coast, and Haida Gwaii.  “We fought hard against Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project. This law puts an end to any future oil pipeline and tanker project in our territories.”  

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Paul Kariya joins Coastal First Nations as Senior Policy Advisor

May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017 (Vancouver, BC) -  Paul Kariya, the Coastal First Nations (CFN) new Senior Policy Advisor, comes to the position with a wealth of knowledge and experience in public policy in key topical subjects such as fish and fisheries management, clean and  renewable energy development, and leadership and reconciliation. 

CFN chair Patrick Kelly said Paul’s skills, knowledge and talent are well suited to join our management team as we continue our work towards a sustainable coastal economy.  “Protecting our marine and terrestrial environments is a means upon which we want to build wealth today and for the long term future.”

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Coastal First Nations signs Pacific North Coast Integrated Management agreement

February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 (Vancouver) – Coastal First Nations (CFN) say the Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA) agreement will lead to a sustainable coastal economy and thriving communities.

Chief Marilyn Slett, the President of Coastal First Nations, says PNCIMA supports Canada’s commitment to a nation-to-nation relationship. “The agreement reaffirms our commitment to work together on mutual priorities such as marine protected area planning, emergency response and developing economic opportunities for coastal communities to create a healthy coastal economy and environment.”

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Death of Northern Gateway Project and Tanker Ban Decision a double victory for Coastal First Nations

November 29, 2016

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Death of Northern Gateway Project and Tanker Ban Decision a double victory for Coastal First Nations

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2016 (Vancouver, BC) – Coastal First Nations (CFN) says today’s federal government decision to quash the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project and impose a crude oil tanker moratorium on BC’s north coast is a double victory for Coastal First Nations and for all north coast communities fighting to protect coastal economies, cultures and ecosystems.

 

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Heiltsuk say Premier’s message ignores reality of threats to the Great Bear region

November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016 (Bella Bella, BC) – Clean-up efforts kick into full gear today now that the Nathan E. Stewart has been lifted from Heiltsuk waters to a salvage barge anchored in Norman Morrison Bay off Seaforth Channel near Bella Bella.

Unified Command said yesterday the barge carrying the tug should be underway for Surrey as early as Thursday. Expected bad weather now raises concerns for Heiltsuk over safe transport of the dirty tug out of their territorial waters.

Dive teams are clearing a propeller and other tug debris from the seafloor while shoreline cleanup teams have doubled up and are checking for oil on beaches after a large amount of diesel was discharged from the salvaged tug late Monday. A Transport Canada NASP plan arrives today to assess how much additional diesel spilled during the operation.

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Nathan E. Stewart is lifted from Heiltsuk waters, Now the real work begins says Chief

November 14, 2016
Bella Bella, B.C. (November 14, 2016) – Late this afternoon, the Nathan E. Stewart tug was lifted from the waters of Seaforth Channel where it is now suspended alongside the salvage barge. Today marks 33 days since the Texas-owned tug ran hard aground spilling more than 100-thousand litres of marine diesel, 2,240 litres of oil and other lubricants.
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