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Global campaign Asks Canadians to Care about oil pipelines, tankers in the Great Bear

November 19, 2013

Global campaign Asks Canadians to Care about oil pipelines, tankers in the Great Bear

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Grizzly "overkill" study reinforces necessity of Coastal First Nations ban on trophy hunting

November 6, 2013

Grizzly "overkill" study reinforces necessity of Coastal First Nations ban on trophy hunting

(VANCOUVER, BC, November 6 2013) Data released as part of BC's first peer-reviewed scientific study of grizzly bear mortality reinforces a concern long held by Coastal First Nations: trophy hunting is putting the future of grizzly populations at risk.

A paper published today by researchers from the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University, and Raincoast Conservation Foundation in the scientific journal PLOS ONE reveals that by the BC government's own standards, half the hunting territories in the province experienced unacceptable "overkills" of grizzly bears between 2001 and 2011.

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Watch Coastal First Nations new video Koda and the Orca.

October 17, 2013

What matters to 5 year old Koda from the Gitga'at Nation? Watch Coastal First Nations new video Koda and the Orca.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLb0qSaPMbI

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First Nations "Go Undercover" to Ask World's Largest Oil Tanker Companies Who's Responsible for Spill Clean-Up Costs in Canada

October 8, 2013

Opinion from Canada's top maritime lawyer and oil pollution liability expert contradicts Harper government's claim that taxpayers would not be "on the hook."

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 8, 2013) - The President of the Canadian Maritime Law Association, John O'Connor, says the Canadian government would be responsible for any cleanup costs that exceed $1.4 billion in the event of a "huge" oil spill, directly contradicting claims by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver that any cleanup bill would be the responsibility of vessel operators and not Canadian taxpayers.

The opinion from O'Connor, which was sent to one of the world's largest oil tanker companies, was obtained by the Coastal First Nations through an undercover investigation into oil tanker ownership, liability and insurance practices, and has been made into a new television ad, released on the same day Minister Oliver is in BC to meet with First Nations leaders:

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Coastal First Nations Re-Write Enbridge’s Latest Northern Gateway Pipeline Ad Campaign

October 1, 2013

Coastal First Nations Re-Write Enbridge’s Latest Northern Gateway Pipeline Ad Campaign

Leaked copy of “Open to better” TV ad campaign suggests Enbridge brand has lost credibility with British Columbians.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – (October 1, 2013) - The Coastal First Nations have released a leaked copy of Enbridge’s latest ad campaign for the Northern Gateway Pipeline, titled “Open to better,” and they have produced their own ad, inspired by the leaked Enbridge ad scripts: http://youtu.be/fLb0qSaPMbI

The ad materials, which were provided by Greenpeace, show the company’s strategic shift away from using the Enbridge name, in favour of Executive Vice President Janet Holder - the new “face” of the pipeline.

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Coastal First Nations Launch Oil Spill Ad Campaign to Counter Harper Government’s Pipeline Public Relations Offensive

September 23, 2013

Re-vamped Simon & Garfunkel "Sound of Silence" commercial singles out Stephen Harper for upcoming decision on oil tanker traffic in BC’s coastal waters.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – (September 23, 2013) - The Coastal First Nations launched an oil spill ad campaign today, featuring graphic oil spill imagery, and singling out Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the key federal government decision-maker on whether or not oil tankers will ply BC's pristine coastal waters.

The campaign starts on the same day First Nations leaders are scheduled to meet with federal government officials in Vancouver.

See the commercial on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmrH4SkuE1M

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Science World To Host Regular Screenings Of "Bear Witness" During Hunting Season

September 13, 2013

(VANCOUVER, BC, September 13 2013) - Coastal First Nations is pleased to announce that Vancouver's Telus World of Science has added the short documentary Bear Witness to its fall programming. The centre's regular visitors will now have the chance to learn about First Nations-led bear research — and the threat of trophy hunting — in the Great Bear Rainforest.

"We applaud the courage it took for Science World to come on board as a supporting venue," said Heiltsuk tribal Councillor Jessie Housty. "Trophy hunting is controversial in British Columbia, and it's a testament to this great educational institution that they would choose to shine a light on the problem and the work being done by our coastal communities."

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COASTAL GUARDIAN WATCHMEN READY TO UPHOLD FIRST NATIONS BAN ON TROPHY HUNTING

September 10, 2013

(VANCOUVER, BC, September 10 2013) - With trophy hunters descending on BC's Central Coast for the opening of grizzly season, Guardian Watchmen patrol vessels from First Nations communities are once again heading out to monitor compliance with tribal law.

One year ago, the Coastal First Nations alliance announced a ban on killing bears for sport in the unceded territories of nine signatory nations. That ban remains in effect and extends protection to grizzlies, black bears, Kermode bears, and the genetically unique Haida black bear.

The Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network, a project of the Coastal First Nations, provides support to community Resource Stewardship Offices to monitor and protect their lands and waters. The stewardship offices are responsible for managing fisheries, marine use and land use planning, tracking referrals and other resource stewardship activities.

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BearsForever website launched

September 4, 2013

Coastal First Nations is proud to announce the launch of www.BearsForever.ca, a project of the Central Coast First Nations Bear Working Group. "This website gives all British Columbians the chance to meet some of our real coastal bears, and speak up on their behalf," said Heiltsuk Coastwatch Director William Housty.
Members of the public are invited to voice their support for the Coastal First Nations ban on trophy hunting by signing the pledge at www.BearsForever.ca.

Coastal First Nations is an alliance of the Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and Council of the Haida Nation, working together to create a sustainable economy on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii.


http://www.bearsforever.ca/

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MEDIA ADVISORY – NEW FILM TELLS STORY OF GRIZZLY BEAR KILLED IN VIOLATION OF FIRST NATIONS BAN ON TROPHY HUNTING

September 3, 2013

(VANCOUVER, BC, September 3, 2013)  Last May, trophy hunters shot and killed a five-year-old grizzly bear in BC’s Kwatna estuary — an ancient First Nations village site midway between the central coast communities of Bella Bella and Bella Coola. The bear, nicknamed 'Cheeky' by local field technicians, was skinned and left to rot in a field. His head and paws were carried out past a sign declaring trophy hunting closed in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Cheeky the bear may have died the same way as 100 other bears every year in the Great Bear Rainforest. The difference is, this time there was a witness.

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