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The Coastal First Nations was set up to support member First Nations achieve the following goals:
- To develop land and marine use plans that provide ecosystem-based management over their traditional territories and special protection for specific areas;
- To develop First Nations’ economic opportunities in the areas of forestry, fisheries, renewable energy, carbon credits and tourism within an ecosystem-based management framework;
- To develop a management framework for shared decision making over the lands, waters and resources within traditional territories; and
- To develop new short- and long-term capacity building approaches to support First Nations’ sustainable development initiatives.
The Coastal First Nations are entering a period of transition, moving from a developmental stage—planning and laying the groundwork—into an implementation phase.
We have reached a significant stage in the development of many of our initiatives:
Land and Marine Planning
- Land use plans are being finalized in our communities and work has begun on establishing land and marine stewardship offices to ensure the ongoing stewardship of our lands and waters.
- Marine Use Plans that articulate community values, interests and opportunities have been completed in most communities. Harmonization of community plans is underway to create common positions and policies for engaging with Federal and Provincial governments, as well as with other relevant processes.
- Business planning for a number of economic initiatives, including the shellfish initiative has been completed and these projects will be managed separately from the Great Bear Initiative as subsidiary companies of the Great Bear Business Corporation;
- Forestry activities have been initiated at the sub-regional level (Council of the Haida Nation and Central Coast) and our office will continue to provide support to the communities, specifically as it relates to identifying better access to wood supplies for the First Nations.
- Negotiations are continuing with the Province to provide First Nations with increased access to tourism tenures and involvement in decision making within their traditional territories.
- A capacity building strategy is being finalized that calls for new structures to support community capacity building and support the ongoing planning and delivery of training programs.