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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.
The central coast of British Columbia is one of the most spectacular and biologically rich places left on the planet – where ancient temperate rainforest intertwines with the living Pacific Ocean. The Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’xais, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv who have inhabited the central coast for thousands of years have joined forces, forming the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance, otherwise known as CCIRA.
Using a combination of traditional knowledge and science, the nations are committed to upholding their indigenous laws and stewarding these marine resources in a manner that sustains their cultures and ensures intact ecosystems, healthy communities and local sustainable economies, now and into the future.