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Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative
Coastal First Nations through the Great Bear Initiative (GBI) are working closely with the Federal and Provincial government, industry, environmental groups and other stakeholders to promote conservation and sustainable economic development on the Central and North Coast of BC, and Haida Gwaii. The work of the Great Bear Initiative office in Vancouver, with a small core staff of eight, provides leadership on policy issues and carries out the day-to-day management and administrative functions of GBI including project planning and administration, communications and financial management.
An agreement on sustainable marine planning covering about 102,000 square kilometres of the B.C. coast — much of it fronting the Great Bear Rainforest — was jointly announced Monday in Victoria by the provincial government and 18 first nations.
Plans covering two-thirds of the B.C. coast define areas from general use to special protection, including natural and cultural areas, within four sub-regions — Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast, and North Vancouver Island.
The plans take into consideration factors such as species, habitats, and marine uses, including recreational and commercial activities, and are meant to serve as a basis for future management decisions, especially in the near shore and foreshore areas of the coast.
The marine plans do not address management of uses and activities in areas of federal jurisdiction such as commercial fishing and marine transportation, including LNG development, as well as management of private lands or uplands.
Marine management took a significant step forward today, with the completion of plans under the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) for the North Pacific Coast; a co-led partnership between the Province of B.C. and 18 coastal Nations.
The MaPP plans provide recommendations for key areas of marine management, including uses, activities and protection and will inform decisions regarding the sustainable economic development and stewardship of the coastal marine environment in the plan areas, which extend from Haida Gwaii to Campbell River on Vancouver Island.
On Monday, April 27, 2015 at 12 noon, BC and First Nations officials will gather at the BC Legislature to announce the completion of four marine plans for each of Haida Gwaii, North Coast, Central Coast and North Vancouver Island.
MaPP is live streaming the event via a link on the MaPP home page which will be live on Monday.
Please click to: www.mappocean.org to watch the live stream.
MaPPing the way forward for ocean jobs and protection http://bit.ly/1J3Xde2
The recent toxic fuel spill that closed Vancouver beaches had Premier Christy Clark calling for stronger leadership in the management of B.C.’s oceans.
“Somebody has to start looking after our coasts,” she urged.
On Monday, 18 coastal First Nations and the Province will announce plans that chart a course for the long-term sustainability of our coastal ecosystems and communities.
For almost five years, First Nations and the Province — with broad participation and support from industry, conservation groups, and coastal communities — have worked together to lay a foundation for a sustainable marine economy while safeguarding B.C.’s vast Pacific waters.
STATEMENT FROM HEILTSUK NATION ON BURNABY MOUNTAIN PROTESTS
(Vancouver, Sept. 23, 2014) – The Coastal First Nations supports a federal NDP bill aimed at putting in place a law that would prohibit supertankers from on the North Coast.
Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen introduced a private members bill, An Act to Defend the Pacific Northwest, that would also give communities a stronger voice in pipeline reviews and consider impacts of projects on jobs.
Executive Director Art Sterritt said for too long the concerns of our people and the majority of British Columbians have been ignored. “The bill addresses some of our major concerns with Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeline.”
The pipeline review process with First Nations has been lacking. “This bill will ensure that our voices and concerns are heard.”
Sterritt said the bill will allow for more sustainable and long-term jobs. “We have spent more than a decade developing a sustainable economy.”
A Coastal First Nations led collaboration with researchers from leading academic universities provides remarkable insights into the importance of bears and the other keystone species to the ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest. An outstanding video produced by the Heiltsuk and Kitsoo Xai'xais along with UBC Studios.
Bear Viewing Guides Set Deadline of September 9 for Chance to Trade Hunting Tags for Once-in-a-lifetime Trip
Vancouver, BC - With opening day of the fall bear hunt fast approaching, professional First Nations bear guides are reminding BC hunters of their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to trade in their grizzly hunt tags for a chance to shoot bears with cameras, not guns.
Resident hunters who have successfully applied for a Limited Entry Hunt (LEH) authorization for a grizzly bear in regions 5-08 and 5-09 are invited to send in their tags by September 10 to be in the draw for a trip for two to Spirit Bear Lodge, an award-winning bear and wildlife viewing resort in Klemtu BC.
Stanford announces 2014 Stanford Bright Award recipient
The Stanford Bright Award recognizes unheralded individuals who have made significant contributions to global sustainability. Art Sterritt will receive the 2014 award for his efforts in protecting the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada.