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Coastal First Nations say no to oil port alternatives for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project

May 2, 2016

(Vancouver, April 28, 2016) - The Coastal First Nations say it’s a waste of time and money for Enbridge or the Federal Government to consider moving the end point of the Northern Gateway Project.  

Coastal First Nations chair Kelly Russ said moving the end point of the Enbridge project from Kitimat to Prince Rupert or another port will not have any impact on how our communities view the project. “We remain firmly opposed to the project and are committed to ensuring that local economies and sensitive ecological areas are protected from impacts of an oil spill.”

Russ says it would be a mistake for the Liberal government to consider another port for Northern Gateway. “We had hoped that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s directive for a moratorium on oil tanker traffic on BC’s north coast put an end to Northern Gateway.”

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Coastal First Nations responds to Liberal Government’s 2016 budget

March 24, 2016

 

(Vancouver, March 24, 2016) - Coastal First Nations (CFN) is encouraged by the Liberal Government’s 2016 budget tabled in the House of Commons.

CFN Chairperson Kelly Russ said the budget addresses some of concerns that our communities face. “The devil is always in the details but we are hopeful the budget signals the honouring of the nation-to-nation relationship the Liberal government has promised First Nations.”

We are encouraged by the commitment to fund $5.0 billion over the next five years in infrastructure that protects communities and supports Canada’s ongoing transition to a clean growth economy, including CFN communities, he said. “This fits in well with our work to develop a sustainable coastal economy.”

Russ said we also welcome the monies set aside for harbours in small communities. “We must have safe and accessible harbours that are good working condition and meet the needs of our communities.”

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Kelly Harvey Russ Appointed Chair of the Coastal First Nations

March 23, 2016

 

(Vancouver, March 23, 2016) -  The Coastal First Nations is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Harvey Russ to the position of Chair. 

Kelly brings significant legal and human rights experience to the position. His experience as a board member and a mediator strengthens the Coastal First Nations leadership group, said Chief Marilyn Slett. 

As well as acting as the official spokesperson for the Coastal First Nations, Kelly’s primary responsibilities include providing leadership in the areas of fundraising, liaising with governments, industry, and conservation groups and providing support to the Board of Directors. 

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Kelly Harvey Russ Appointed Chair of the Coastal First Nations

March 23, 2016

 

(Vancouver, March 23, 2016) -  The Coastal First Nations is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Harvey Russ to the position of Chair. 

Kelly brings significant legal and human rights experience to the position. His experience as a board member and a mediator strengthens the Coastal First Nations leadership group, said Chief Marilyn Slett. 

As well as acting as the official spokesperson for the Coastal First Nations, Kelly’s primary responsibilities include providing leadership in the areas of fundraising, liaising with governments, industry, and conservation groups and providing support to the Board of Directors. 

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HEILTSUK, DFO ANNOUNCE MAJOR CHANGES TO MANAGEMENT PLAN FOR PACIFIC HERRING

January 18, 2016


Heiltsuk Nation applauds step towards science-based, joint management of Central Coast herring stocks

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2016

Following controversial federal management of herring stocks resulting in the peaceful occupation of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) offices by the Heiltsuk last March, DFO and Heiltsuk have jointly developed a management plan for the 2016 Central Coast herring
fishery.

The Heiltsuk Tribal Council (HTC) is pleased to announce four major improvements to the management plan, as well as a new working relationship between DFO and the Heiltsuk.

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Supreme Court Rules BC Government Must Review Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and Consult with Gitga’at First Nation

January 13, 2016

Court ruling means Enbridge pipeline must now face provincial environmental assessment decision, which includes consultation with First Nations across the province.  

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (January 13, 2016) – The Gitgat’a First Nation and Coastal First Nations is celebrating a Supreme Court ruling today that found the BC government abdicated its statutory duties and breached its duty to consult with the Nation when it signed and failed to terminate an Equivalency Agreement that handed the federal National Energy Board (NEB) sole jurisdiction over the environmental assessment decision making regarding  Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project.

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Great Bear Sea - Reflecting on the Past - Planning for the Future

January 12, 2016

2015 marked an important milestone for shaping the future of Canada’s North Pacific Coast. A partnership between the government of British Columbia and 18 First Nations – called MaPP - developed marine plans that will guide the marine management in a vast ocean area spanning from the Alaska border to Campbell River on Vancouver Island - the Great Bear Sea.

British Columbia’s Great Bear Sea represents one of the largest marine planning areas in the world. Throughout the year we will post short clips from "The Great Bear Sea" where you will meet the people and communities involved -- and their vision for sustaining their marine environment, livelihoods and culture

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtF4Pxw4j4E&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

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Contract Opportunity: Technical Coordinator for North Vancouver Island Sub-region

November 26, 2015

The MaPP initiative seeks to contract a Technical Coordinator with project management and contract management experience to provide support to the North Vancouver Island (NVI) Sub-regional Implementation Team. Scope of work is related to implementation of the MaPP North Vancouver Island Marine Plan.

Term: ASAP to March 2016 with possibility of annual extensions to 2019.

Download: Contract Opportunity (PDF)
Contact: Fiona Kilburn fkilburn@mappocean.org
Deadline: 5pm on Monday, November 30, 2015

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JOB POSTING: Coastal Stewardship Network Training Coordinator

November 18, 2015

JOB POSTING

Coastal Stewardship Network Training Coordinator

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Coastal First Nation commends Liberal moratorium on oil tankers

November 13, 2015

(Vancouver, November 13, 2015) - The Coastal First Nations commends Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s directive for a moratorium on oil tanker traffic on BC’s north coast.

“It is another strong signal that Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline will not go forward.  We hope that this finally puts an end to Northern Gateway Pipeline,” said CFN president Marilyn Slett.

Our communities have fought for decades to keep our waters and resources safe from oil tanker, she said. The Coastal First Nations has had a ban on oil tankers since March 2010.

The idea of oil tankers in the Great Bear Sea was a non-starter for Coastal First Nations, she said. “Our communities have Aboriginal Title and Rights to the lands and waters.  We had a responsibility to protect our lands, waters and resources.”

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