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Coming Home: Kwiḵwa̱sut’inux̱w Ha̱xwa’mis Invest in Solar Power, Infrastructure in Gwa’yas’dums

Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis Nation

To revitalize the village of Gwa’yas’dums, the Kwiḵwa̱sut’inux̱w Ha̱xwa’mis First Nation has made generational investments in community planning, housing, renewable energy, and infrastructure.

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Funding Round-Up: Spring 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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23 Indigenous-Owned Tourism Businesses to Visit in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii

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Indigenous-owned tourism businesses do more than just provide visitors with a transformational opportunity to experience First Nations culture. They raise the profile of Indigenous entrepreneurs, create seasonal and permanent jobs, connect youth to the land, and honour traditional ways of knowing and being. By placing their cultural heritage at the forefront, tourism businesses in the

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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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With Rinse Rupert Laundry, Gitga’at Development Corporation Puts a New Spin on a Community Space

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Gitga’at Development Corporation (GDC), the economic arm of Gitga’at First Nation, purchased a 10,000-square foot office and commercial space in 2017. Since acquiring the building, the GDC has created a community and cultural space for Gitga’at members living in the Prince Rupert area. The space doubles as a commercial hub, expanding the Nation’s economic assets and

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15 First Nations, Crown Governments Endorse Plan for Network of Protected Areas in the Great Bear Sea

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After more than a decade of work, First Nations and their partners shared their plan to establish a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) along the northern coast of British Columbia. On Saturday, Feb. 4, leaders from 15 First Nations joined representatives from the Governments of Canada and British Columbia to announce their endorsement of

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First Nations Have Created Over 1,250 Jobs, 120 Businesses Since 2008

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A report released today identifies job creation, economic diversification, and other outcomes from 15 years of First Nations’ investments in stewardship and economic development in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. Sustaining People and Place, published by Coast Funds, describes how conservation financing has benefitted communities and supported the protection of rainforest ecosystems that

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First Nations Invest in Community Energy Plans, Renewable Energy Projects

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Through the Community Energy Diesel Reduction (CEDR) program, 12 First Nations that rely on diesel for electricity – including eight communities in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii – will receive $7.1 million for community-driven projects to generate clean electricity, increase energy efficiency, and plan for future needs. Part of the Province of BC’s

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