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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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Coastal First Nations does not endorse LNG development

June 7, 2016

An Information Bulletin “B.C. and Coastal First Nations sign LNG agreement” on May 17, 2016 suggested that BC and CFN signed an LNG agreement.

The Coastal First Nations (CFN) wants to make it clear there has been no endorsement by CFN for LNG developments on the coast.

Nor has CFN signed any agreement indicating they endorse LNG.

The agreement ensures that we will be engaged with the federal and provincial government in addressing environmental issues related to LNG rather than being forced to live with decisions made by others.

Benefits that come out of the Coastal First Nations Liquified Gas Benefits Agreement include:

•             A strategic regional approach to environmental stewardship.

•             A commitment from the Province to conduct two airshed studies (Kitimat and Prince Rupert).

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Koeye Camp Needs Your Help - Emergency Funding for Koeye Camp Staff Positions

May 30, 2016

Last week, Qqs staff learned that one of our key funders for Koeye Camp was withdrawing virtually all of their financial support for our 2016 youth programs.

After more than 15 years of regular contributions to our programs, this came as a huge surprise, and the news came too late for us to locate contingency funds.

 

Specifically, these funds target wages for the Heiltsuk student leaders who are the backbone of our programs. Each year, we hire 15-18 Heiltsuk secondary and post-secondary students across our programs to build capacity in our young people and create meaningful employment opportunities for the emerging generation of leaders in our community. Faced with the prospect of this unexpected funding cut, we are struggling to find a way forward. 

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