Herring spawn-on-hemlock harvesting in Heiltsuk territory. Photo by Ian McAllister / Pacific Wild.

Heiltsuk Stewardship: Collaborating for Resource Management

Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation

The Heiltsuk Nation is ensuring that community voices are heard and important resources are protected through their stewardship work.

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25 Years of Co-Management in Gwaii Haanas

This year marks 25 years since the Council of the Haida Nation and the Government of Canada signed the Gwaii Haanas Agreement. The agreement was the first of its kind and was constructed without compromising Haida rights and title.

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Community Well-Being: Guardian Watchmen and Regional Monitoring Programs

Through their Coast Funds investments, First Nations have established 14 Guardian Watchmen and regional monitoring programs in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. These programs monitor 2.3 million hectares of land and water, combining traditional stewardship practices with modern science and regional monitoring.

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Talking Stick – Spring 2018

The spring 2018 issue of Talking Stick features Kitasoo/Xai’xais’ Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu, Nisga’a Nation’s innovative cultural tourism and marketing initiative, and how First Nations are growing resilient economies across the coast.

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New Research Platform Creates Greater Understanding of Whales

In Spring 2017 a new Gitga’at Cetacean Research Station was built on Fin Island, Gitga’at Territory. The station allows researchers and Gitga’at Guardians to gain a deeper understanding of whale abundance in the area, and marks the first time Guardians will be able to scan for whales during daylight hours from May to September.

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Nuxalk Nation Housing Program Breaks New Ground in Bella Coola

Nuxalk Nation is having a big impact on the landscape of Bella Coola and its members living there. The Nation has developed a groundbreaking housing program designed not only to build homes for its members, but to do so in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable way.

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Spirit Bear Lodge Wins Tourism Award

Spirit Bear Lodge has won the Indigenous Adventure Award at the 2017 International Aboriginal Tourism Awards. The awards recognize and honour Aboriginal tourism leaders from across Canada.

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Kitasoo Seafoods Featured in Smithsonian Magazine Article on Sea Cucumber

Kitasoo Seafoods and Kitasoo Development Corporation director Larry Greba were recently featured in the Smithsonian Magazine. Greba spoke with journalist Lorraine Boissoneault about the mysterious and valuable sea cucumber and the role the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation plays in ensuring its population is properly managed. 

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Coast Funds is now on Facebook!

Coast Funds is now on Facebook!

On our new Facebook space, you’ll hear inspiring stories and see the latest news from First Nations across the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. 

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Wannock River estuary, Rivers Inlet

Wuikinuxv Nation Invests in Clean Energy to power Rivers Inlet

Wuikinuxv Nation has developed the 350 kW Nicknaqueet River Hydropower Project, utilizing abundant hydro resources to displace diesel in the remote community of Rivers Inlet. This clean energy projects supplies over 97% of the electricity in Rivers Inlet, does not impact Wuikinuxv’s globally significant salmon runs, and saves the community over $1 million in operating costs a year.

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Grizzly bear mother and cub in Glendale Cove, BC. Photo by Knight Inlet Lodge.

Knight Inlet Lodge Acquired by Na̲nwak̲olas

Na̲nwak̲olas is thrilled to be acquiring the ‘platinum standard setting’ Knight Inlet Lodge – a business that, under the guidance of Dean and Kathy Wyatt, has become the leader in the eco-adventure lodge business in British Columbia, with an international reputation that is second to none.

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Campbell River Mirror: Thunderbird RV Park and Resort

Wei Wai Kum Business Expansion Featured In The Campbell River Mirror

Featured on the business section cover in this week’s Campbell River Mirror, the Wei Wai Kum Nation is serving up a powerful example of how First Nations are investing in the expansion of reliably performing tourism businesses to create significant new sources of revenue and jobs for their people.

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Talking Stick - Fall 2017

Talking Stick – Fall 2017

The fall 2017 issue of Talking Stick features the Wei Wai Kum Nation’s new seaside cottages in Campbell River, Old Massett Village Council’s longhouse village at Tlielang (Hiellen), and how First Nations are creating family-supporting jobs across the coast.

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Grant Callegari Hakai Institute - Heiltsuk kids at Koeye River fish weir

Heiltsuk Nation’s Koeye River Fish Weir Revives Traditional Fishing Practices

Working with the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department, scientists from Simon Fraser University’s Department of Biological Sciences, University of British Columbia’s Department of Statistics, and the Hakai Institute, the Qqs Projects Society built a traditional fish weir in the lower Koeye River—and then used it to generate a wealth of useful data about salmon health. The

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Blessing the Tlielang pole with eagle down, Hiellen Longhouse Village, Haida Gwaii

Haida Nation Raises New Totem Pole at Tlielang

On National Aboriginal Day June 21st, Old Massett Village Council is welcoming all community members to participate in a joyful event: the raising of a totem pole at Hiellen Longhouse Village. Located at the mouth of the Hiellen River in Haida territory on Graham Island, this site hosts a thriving Haida-owned business that rents longhouse-styled cabins

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Talking Stick – Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 edition of Talking Stick features a story on the origins and accomplishments of the Coastal Stewardship Network, and reflections from the Council of the Haida Nation on its implementation of the Kunst’aa Guu-Kunst’aayah Reconciliation Protocol.

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Tatum Reece and Donald Reece conducting crab stock assessments. (Photo: Chris Picard)

State of the Gitga’at Ocean Report

The State of the Gitga’at Ocean Report aims to present Gitga’at members, leaders and research partners with the outcomes of key monitoring activities that have been occurring in the territory in recent years.

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Coast Funds' new Vancouver office, located at 475 West Georgia Street

New Vancouver Office Location

We’re pleased to announce that Coast Funds has moved to a new downtown Vancouver location.  The original location served us well, and our new location is the start of a new chapter in Coast Funds’ history.

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Talking Stick - Summer 2016

Talking Stick – Summer 2016

The summer 2016 issue of Talking Stick features the stewardship work of the Heiltsuk Nation to protect Central Coast herring and Kwiakah Nation’s research and restoration work in Phillips Arm.

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Keepers of the Coast

A new documentary film is taking a close look at how the Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk, and Wuikinuxv Nations are stewarding their marine territories.

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2015 Annual Report cover photo: Cheyanne Hackett of Homalco First Nation. Copyright 2015 Tricia Thomas.

Coast Funds’ 2015 Annual Report

In 2015, Coast Funds continued to make good progress in supporting First Nations to implement projects. In particular, 2015 saw $6,406,189 approved from the economic development fund and $5,063,632 approved from the conservation fund—the second highest combined volume of annual funding since our inception.

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Kwakwaka'wakw Village of Ba'a's (Blunden Harbour), 1901 Photograph by C. F. Newcombe, Royal BC Museum

How A People Live

A new documentary traces the history of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation, who were forcibly relocated from their territories in 1964.

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