Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance

“Working together to uphold the laws of our ancestors”

First Nations culture and well-being are intricately linked to the health of our environment. For over 10,000 years we sustainably managed our territorial resources, ensuring that the trees, fish and water in our territories provided for today’s needs without compromising the health of the resources for future generations. Over the last 100 years we have watched as a sector-by-sector approach to resource management has depleted resources on the land and in the ocean.

The Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance is working to return us to the healthy communities and sustainable resource management practices of our past by ensuring First Nations interests and traditional knowledge are balanced with the best western science.

Combined Territory of the Central Coast First NationsThe Heart of the Great Bear Rainforest

Our territories are known for their old growth temperate rainforests, productive salmon systems and diverse land and marine ecosystems. Here, the health of the marine and terrestrial environments is inseparable. Deep fjords, formed as ice age glaciers retreated, drop steeply into the ocean – seamlessly linking the ocean and land. The Kitasoo/Xai’Xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv people believe protecting this irreplaceable place requires an ecosystem-based management approach that balances the environment, local economies, and our cultural and social health