Our Traditional Waters

Our traditional waters are among the most biologically diverse coldwater marine environments on the planet.

Marine Planning in Our Traditional Waters

In 2000, First Nations on the Pacific North Coast formed an alliance through the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative. Our aim was to have greater access to resources in our Traditional Territories and a greater say in how they were managed.

To achieve this, CFN members have worked together to reach innovative land use planning agreements with the provincial government.

FIRST NATIONS' MARINE PLANNING

Coastal First Nations have carefully managed the marine areas of our Traditional Territories for millennia. We have brought this vision, experience and Traditional Knowledge to the leadership of modern marine use planning processes on the Pacific north coast.

Marine Planning - A First Nations Approach
TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE
MODERN SCIENCE
Ecosystem-based Management
Community Planning
Marine Plan Partnership for the North Pacific Coast (MaPP)
REGIONAL ACTION FRAMEWORK
Central Coast Marine Plan
North Coast Marine Plan
Haida Gwaii Area Marine Plan
How will MaPP Plans be Carried Out?
MARINE PLANNING PORTAL - SEASKETCH
Pacific North Coast Integrated Management Area (PNCIMA)
Why Marine Protected Areas?
What is a Marine Protected Area?
Northern Shelf Bioregion MPA Network
A Shipping Plan for Our Traditional Waters
Nation-to-Nation Decision-Making in Marine Transportation
Collaborative Governance and Reconciliation with First Nations
A First Nation Fisheries Reconciliation Table with Canada
A First Nations Marine Planning and Management Reconciliation Table
A First Nations Shipping, Marine Safety, and Ocean Protection Reconciliation Table with Canada