What does it look like?
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.
In British Columbia, First Nations have been leaders in a collaborative marine use planning process; one that has brought together Indigenous, provincial and federal governments, and stakeholders to decide the best use of ocean resources.
First Nations have led development of marine use plans at the community and regional level for the Central and North Coast, and Haida Gwaii. These plans guide the development of sustainable economic opportunities while considering impacts on coastal ecosystems and communities.
Coastal First Nations community marine use plans include:
- A community vision for our marine territory
- Cultural values and perspectives on ocean resources
- Goals and strategies for managing ocean resources
- Special First Nations protection for specific areas