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Coastal First Nations reacts to Douglas Eyford’s “Forging Partnerships Building Relationships” Report
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.”
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.
Global campaign Asks Canadians to Care about oil pipelines, tankers in the Great Bear
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.
What matters to 5 year old Koda from the Gitga'at Nation? Watch Coastal First Nations new video Koda and the Orca.
First Nations "Go Undercover" to Ask World's Largest Oil Tanker Companies Who's Responsible for Spill Clean-Up Costs in Canada
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:
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.
Coastal First Nations Launch Oil Spill Ad Campaign to Counter Harper Government’s Pipeline Public Relations Offensive
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
(VANCOUVER, BC, September 13 2013) - Coastal First Nations is pleased to announce that Vancouver's Telus World of Science has added the short documentary Bear Witness to its fall programming. The centre's regular visitors will now have the chance to learn about First Nations-led bear research — and the threat of trophy hunting — in the Great Bear Rainforest.
"We applaud the courage it took for Science World to come on board as a supporting venue," said Heiltsuk tribal Councillor Jessie Housty. "Trophy hunting is controversial in British Columbia, and it's a testament to this great educational institution that they would choose to shine a light on the problem and the work being done by our coastal communities."
(VANCOUVER, BC, September 10 2013) - With trophy hunters descending on BC's Central Coast for the opening of grizzly season, Guardian Watchmen patrol vessels from First Nations communities are once again heading out to monitor compliance with tribal law.
One year ago, the Coastal First Nations alliance announced a ban on killing bears for sport in the unceded territories of nine signatory nations. That ban remains in effect and extends protection to grizzlies, black bears, Kermode bears, and the genetically unique Haida black bear.
The Coastal Guardian Watchmen Network, a project of the Coastal First Nations, provides support to community Resource Stewardship Offices to monitor and protect their lands and waters. The stewardship offices are responsible for managing fisheries, marine use and land use planning, tracking referrals and other resource stewardship activities.