West Sea Otter Water Taxi: A Family-Run Small Business With a Big Community Impact

Wuikinuxv Nation

West Sea Otter Water Taxi, a community-focused small business is having a major impact for Wuikinuxv Nation by making travel affordable and getting members out on their territory.

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Leadership Opportunity: Chief Financial Officer

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As a collaborative business partner and influential member of Coast Funds’ leadership team, the Chief Financial Officer will be hands-on and involved in all aspects of the financial operations of Coast Funds, including accounting, values-driven investing, budget forecasting, and financial reporting. This is a permanent, full-time position that reports to and works closely with Coast

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First Nations of the North Pacific Coast Celebrate Milestone for Coastal Conservation and Community Development

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JOINT NEWS RELEASE: Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative, Na̲nwak̲olas Council, and Coast Funds The Great Bear Sea PFP, led by 17 participating First Nations, launches a new era of collaborative governance in marine conservation and stewardship. A total of $335 million for the PFP —$200 million from the Government of Canada, $60 million

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Finance for Forests: A Guide to Conservation Finance Options for First Nations

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Today, Coast Funds, an Indigenous-led conservation finance organization serving First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii, releases Finance for Forests, a guide to financing First Nations’ conservation, stewardship, and Guardian programs. The report addresses a key question facing First Nations and other governments – how can communities conserve forest ecosystems without compromising

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Explore Indigenous-owned Businesses in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii

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Visitors can have life-changing experiences and fully embrace First Nations culture through Indigenous-owned tourism businesses. Tourism can benefit Indigenous communities by creating employment, linking young people to the land, and honouring traditional knowledge and practices. Explore a variety of Indigenous-owned tourism businesses, including luxury resorts and wildlife tours. JUMP TO: Prince Rupert | Nisg̱a’a Lands

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Community Energy Diesel Reduction (CEDR) Funding Available for Remote and First Nation Communities

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Eligible remote and Indigenous communities seeking to decarbonize their electricity sources are invited to submit applications for the second intake of the Community Energy Diesel Reduction (CEDR) program. Applications open today and eligible communities are encouraged to apply ahead of deadlines (see below). Launched in 2022, CEDR is a $59-million program to deliver funding and

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Funding Round-Up: Summer Grants for First Nations

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First Nations working to manage their territories and invest in their communities may be eligible to apply for funding from Crown governments, philanthropic foundations, and corporate community investment programs. And, through Coast Funds, participating First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii may have funding available for stewardship, conservation, and economic development projects in addition

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Coast Funds’ 2023 Annual Report Highlights First Nations’ Achievements in Stewardship, Economic Development

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From releasing an action plan to protect their marine territories to launching new sustainable energy projects, First Nations are building a conservation economy in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. Coast Funds is proud to serve First Nations and partner on projects that achieve their goals for stewardship, conservation, and economic development. DOWNLOAD ANNUAL

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Haida Nation’s Inherent Rights Recognized by the Province

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The Haida Nation continues to make history. On April 6, Haida citizens voted to approve the Gaayhllxid • Gíihlagalgang Rising Tide Haida Title Lands Agreement, which marks a pivotal moment in the ongoing reconciliation process between the Haida Nation and the Province of British Columbia. Through a Special House of Assembly, held by the Council

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Coast Funds Welcomes New Team Members

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Coast Funds is expanding its team in alignment with our goals to serve First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. With additional staff capacity, we’re preparing for new partnerships in the Great Bear Sea, broadening our storytelling and knowledge sharing, and enhancing our support for First Nations’ fundraising efforts. In the last

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2023 in Review: 23 Good News Stories from First Nations

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Up and down the coast, First Nations are making headlines, winning recognition for their Guardian and stewardship departments, for their investments in businesses and sustainable energy projects, and for their efforts to revitalize language and culture. In 2023, Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii declared new protected areas, increased the reach of

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Coastal First Nations, Na̲nwak̲olas Council, and Coast Funds Welcome BC’s $60M Investment in the Great Bear Sea

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Coastal First Nations, Na̲nwak̲olas Council, and Coast Funds are welcoming the provincial government’s announcement of a $60 million investment in support of Indigenous-led marine conservation, stewardship, and sustainable economic development in the Northern Shelf Bioregion, also known as the Great Bear Sea. BC’s investment forms part of a broader initiative that will bring hundreds of

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Mamalilikulla Debut Video Showcasing IPCA Declaration, Stewardship Aspirations

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Mamalilikulla First Nation is re-asserting its presence and stewardship responsibilities in the Nation’s traditional territory, which includes Compton Island, Village Island, and a portion of Gilford Island. In support of this important work, the Nation is working with partners, including Coast Funds, to increase their access to self-determined stewardship financing. On November 29, 2021, Mamalilikulla

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Keepers of the Land

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On the central coast, Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation leaders and youth are reclaiming power, knowledge, and responsibilities their peoples have held for millennia. Through their stewardship authority, Guardian department, youth program, and in everyday life, generations of Kitasoo Xai’xais peoples are drawing upon traditional knowledge and laws to manage their territory and assert their sovereignty. Keepers

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Na̲nwak̲olas Council Celebrates Guardian Graduates

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Spirits were high at the Kwanwatsi Big House as family members, community leaders, and partners filled rows of seats to celebrate and recognize graduates of the 2020/2021 Na̲nwak̲olas and Vancouver Island University (VIU) Stewardship Technician Training Program (STTP). About 100 people attended the June 12 ceremony to recognize graduates’ achievements and share words of encouragement

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Smells Like Success: Coastal First Nations’ Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oils

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On the central coast of modern-day British Columbia, rainforest ecosystems have always been a source of wealth. That legacy continues today in Great Bear Rainforest Essential Oils, an Indigenous-owned business that draws on traditional stewardship knowledge and demonstrates how non-timber forest products – that are regenerative, not extractive – can create wealth and support families

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This Place Is Who We Are: Stories of Indigenous Strength, Ingenuity, and Connection to the Coast

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Newly released, This Place Is Who We Are: Stories of Indigenous Leadership, Resilience and Connection to Homelands journeys into the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii and invites readers to learn about this part of the world through the eyes of leaders and community members from 10 coastal First Nations. From cultural rediscovery on X̱aaydag̱a

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Coast Funds’ 2022 Annual Report Celebrates First Nations’ Leadership in Building a Conservation Economy

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With new opportunities on the horizon, it’s an exciting time for coastal communities. First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii are declaring new protected areas, scaling up their Guardian programs, investing in sustainable energy infrastructure, and working with partners to secure protections and conservation financing for the Great Bear Sea. Coast Funds

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CEDR Funding Doubled to Support Remote First Nations’ Energy Transition Goals

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The Community Energy Diesel Reduction (CEDR) program is doubling in size, thanks to a $30 million contribution from the Province of BC. Launched last year, CEDR delivers funding and supports for remote communities, including several First Nations, to reduce their need to purchase diesel for generating electricity and transition to sustainable, self-determined energy sources. CEDR

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