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World spotlight on Bella Bella as Heiltsuk Nation Welcomes Royal Visit

September 24, 2016

(Bella Bella, September 24, 2016) – On Monday, September 26th, the Heiltsuk Nation will host the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Bella Bella as part of their upcoming royal tour to Canada.

“We are honoured to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to our traditional territories,” says Chief Marilyn Slett.  “The Royal visit provides an opportunity for the Royal family, Canadians and the world to learn about the Heiltsuk Nation and the beautiful place we call home.”  

During their visit, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will witness a plaque unveiling to officially endorse the Great Bear Rainforest under The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, an initiative recognizing indigenous forests in 53 Commonwealth countries and promoting forest conservation.

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Bella Bella prepares for spotlight with royal visit

September 22, 2016

Imagine children’s voices singing a traditional Heiltsuk song as waves from the Pacific Ocean lap against a breakwater.

That will be one of the scenes greeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Monday when an excited Heiltsuk Nation welcomes the royals to Bella Bella.

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Bella Bella prepares for spotlight with royal visit

September 22, 2016

Imagine children’s voices singing a traditional Heiltsuk song as waves from the Pacific Ocean lap against a breakwater.

That will be one of the scenes greeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Monday when an excited Heiltsuk Nation welcomes the royals to Bella Bella.

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Bella Bella prepares for spotlight with royal visit

September 22, 2016

Imagine children’s voices singing a traditional Heiltsuk song as waves from the Pacific Ocean lap against a breakwater.

That will be one of the scenes greeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Monday when an excited Heiltsuk Nation welcomes the royals to Bella Bella.

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Coastal First Nations Receives Sierra Club US EarthCare award

September 10, 2016

Coastal First Nations Receives Sierra Club US EarthCare award

 

(Vancouver, Sept. 10, 2016) – The Coastal First Nations, along with other groups, received the EarthCare award from Sierra Club US today.

 

The Sierra Club US award honours individuals and organizations that have made unique contributions to environmental protection and conservation. The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the largest remaining intact temperate rainforest areas in the world.   The Great Bear Rainforest Agreements were announced February 1, 2016 in Vancouver.

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Coastal First Nations Receives Sierra Club US EarthCare award

September 10, 2016

Coastal First Nations Receives Sierra Club US EarthCare award

 

(Vancouver, Sept. 10, 2016) – The Coastal First Nations, along with other groups, received the EarthCare award from Sierra Club US today.

 

The Sierra Club US award honours individuals and organizations that have made unique contributions to environmental protection and conservation. The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the largest remaining intact temperate rainforest areas in the world.   The Great Bear Rainforest Agreements were announced February 1, 2016 in Vancouver.

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Rematriating Cheeky's remains

September 1, 2016

On September 10, 2016 the Great Bear Initiative-Coastal First Nations, along with other groups, will receive the 2016 EarthCare Award from Sierra Club US. The EarthCare award honours individuals or organizations that have made a unique contribution to international environmental protection and conservation.

But our work is not yet complete. It is inconsistent on the one hand to tout the Great Bear Rainforest (GBR) as a global treasure while on the other hand allowing the trophy hunting of bears to continue within the GBR. As long as the Province of British Columbia continues to allow trophy hunting for bears within the GBR we will remain vigilant in ensuring our Indigenous laws are followed.

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The Coast Keepers - Stewarding our marine territories

June 24, 2016

http://vimeo.com/172036863

The Coast Keepers takes a close look at how the Kitasoo/Xai'Xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, and Wuikinuxv Nations are stewarding our marine territories.

Full length release coming June 30th!

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On World Oceans Day, June 8, Coastal First Nations say renewed federal support for ocean protection will help protect BC’s ocean health, economy and First Nation cultures

June 8, 2016

Vancouver (June 8, 2016) – On World Oceans Day, Coastal First Nations say the Federal Government’s renewed commitment to ocean protection and co-management is an important step toward reconciliation with First Nations governments and protection of British Columbia’s marine health and ocean economy today and for future generations.  

Kelly Russ, new Chair of the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative, says a collaborative process to establish a network of marine protected areas for the north Pacific coast by 2020 will help protect species and ecosystems underpinning the BC’s ocean economy. “Co-governance of the Northern Shelf Bio-Region marine planning process between Canada, BC and First Nations promises to give real meaning to reconciliation, and to oceans and fisheries co-management,” says Russ.

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