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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

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






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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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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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Council of the Haida Nation seeks plan to protect oceans

November 9, 2015

The 2015 House of Assembly, the legislative body of the Haida Nation, passed a resolution expressing opposition to British Columbia’s LNG agenda and demanding that the mass export of any fossil fuel through its territory be prohibited.

Kil tlaats ‘gaa Peter Lantin, President of the Haida Nation said that if LNG is developed on the north coast we could see large LNG tankers passing through Haida territorial waters. Presently there are no adequate provincial or federal emergency response systems in place if a ship were to founder.

"Should there be an accident our environment and way of life will experience significant damage,” Lantin said. “Our goal is to establish a world-class, leading-edge, regional shipping management plan. In achieving this, reconciliation between the Crown and First Nations, will also be advanced.”

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Coastal First Nations support the Liberal government’s plan to put moratorium on oil tanker traffic in north coast

November 5, 2015

Vancouver, November 5, 2015 – The Coastal First Nations (CFN) support the Liberal government’s plan to put a moratorium on oil tanker traffic on BC’s north coast.

The CFN also would like the Liberal government to keep its commitment to cancel Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline. We believe its strategy paper “Protecting Our Oceans” aligns well with CFN’s objectives, particularly the commitment to “formalize the moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast, including the Dixon Entrance, Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound, to ensure that ecologically sensitive areas and local economies are protected from the potentially devastating impacts of a spill.”

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Heiltsuk Nation signs declaration that sets stage for reconciliation

October 28, 2015




Heiltsuk Nation signs declaration that sets stage for reconciliation

(Bella Bella – Oct. 28. 2015) The Heiltsuk celebrated the signing of a declaration that sets out a renewed mandate and a unique approach to reconcile our relationship with Canada & BC.

Heiltsuk’s traditional territory is located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on BC’s central coast.

In the 2014 Tsilhqot’in decision, the Supreme Court of Canada held that a declaration of Aboriginal title could be obtained through a negotiated agreement, or by court declaration. Today,through the signing of the Declaration and community approval of our Title & Rights Strategy, the Heiltsuk have established our own agenda to seek reconciliation with Canada and BC.

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Coastal First Nations Executive Director Art Sterritt announces his retirement

September 28, 2015


Vancouver, September 28, 2015 – Coastal First Nations (CFN) executive director Art Sterritt announced his retirement today.

"It has been a privilege to lead the Coastal First Nations over the years and work with some of the finest leaders and professionals on the coast," Sterritt said. "After more than 40 years of working for First Nations at the community, regional and provincial levels I felt it was time for a change.”

Art’s plans to spend more time with his family and focus on carving.  He is a well-known artist, sculptor and goldsmith in B.C. and Canada. His work can be found in museums and private collections throughout North America.

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First Nations and Province complete marine plans

April 27, 2015

Marine management took a significant step forward today, with the completion of plans under the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) for the North Pacific Coast; a co-led partnership between the Province of B.C. and 18 coastal Nations.

The MaPP plans provide recommendations for key areas of marine management, including uses, activities and protection and will inform decisions regarding the sustainable economic development and stewardship of the coastal marine environment in the plan areas, which extend from Haida Gwaii to Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

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