Marine Use Planning in First Nations Communities
Integrated marine use planning on the British Columbia coast has been a collaborative process bringing together First Nations and other governments to determine the sustainable resource use of marine areas.
Similar to First Nations land use planning approaches, marine use plans merge ancient First Nations knowledge with modern science in an ecosystem-based approach to resource management.
Working through Coastal First Nations, the North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship society, and other organizations, First Nations have come together in marine planning processes for a vast ocean area of the north Pacific coast.
An alliance of First Nations working together on marine use initiatives of this magnitude is unprecedented in Canada.