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January 7, 2014

(VANCOUVER, BC, January 7 2014 - How much money might "Cheeky" the bear have earned for British Columbia, had he not been shot by a trophy hunter? A new economic analysis produced by a Stanford University-affiliated research institute suggests: a lot. Instead, the young grizzly was killed by NHL player Clayton Stoner, who cut off the bear's head and left his body to rot. Today, new data show the economic benefits of trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest are so small, the activity may actually cost taxpayers more than it brings in.

"This study reinforces what First Nations in the area have been saying for years," said Kitasoo/Xai'xais councillor Doug Neasloss. "Bears are worth more alive than they are dead. That goes for our communities, the ecosystems on the coast, and now we find out it's true for the B.C. government too."

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Coastal First Nations Respond to Joint Review Panel Recommendation on the Northern Gateway Pipeline

December 19, 2013

First Nations say panel decision is overshadowed by an incomplete risk assessment and the unaddressed question of Aboriginal Title and Rights.

(Vancouver, BC December 19, 2013) – The Coastal First Nations are disappointed, but not surprised by the Joint Review Panel’s (JRP) recommendation to conditionally approve Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Project, a recommendation that highlights unaddressed issues and questions that must be answered for First Nations and British Columbians.

“We aren’t surprised by the JRP’s recommendation,” said Coastal First Nations Executive Director Art Sterritt. “Their power and authority to make a decision on the Northern Gateway Pipeline was stripped by the Federal Government early in the process, so their ability to make an independent decision was seriously compromised.”

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Coastal First Nations reacts to Douglas Eyford’s “Forging Partnerships Building Relationships” Report

December 5, 2013

Vancouver, BC (December 5, 2013) – The Coastal First Nations look forward to working with the Federal Government to implement the recommendations in Douglas Eyford’s Forging Partnerships Building Relationships report.

Eyford was appointed as Canada’s Special Federal Representative on West Coast Energy Infrastructure.  He engaged First Nation communities on ways to benefit from future energy infrastructure development.

Art Sterritt, executive director of the Coastal First Nations, said the recommendations that the Federal Government work collaboratively with First Nations on the challenges and opportunities related to resource development in BC is encouraging. “The report provides a roadmap that supports the re-emergence of a sustainable economy on the coast.”

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Stop an oil spill from destroying a global treasure. Be a Canadian who cares.

November 19, 2013

by Art Sterritt, Executive Director, Coastal First Nations and David Miller, President & CEO, WWF-Canada

What would Canadians do if the Great Barrier Reef was at risk of being destroyed?  Or if the Amazon was on the brink of annihilation?  We would do what we—and citizens across the world—have done.  We would stand together and say “no.” 

Right now a global treasure, the Great Bear, is at risk in Canada’s own backyard.  You can help.  And it is as simple as standing up and saying you care.   

The Great Bear region is the destination of Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline.  A project that would transport 525 thousand barrels of diluted bitumen everyday from Alberta’s oil sands over forest and river.  That would bring 220 super oil tankers into the Great Bear Sea every year. A project that would virtually guarantee an oil spill.

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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.


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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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