Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance

About us

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 works to return the Central Coast Nations to the healthy communities and sustainable resource management practices of our past by ensuring First Nations interests and traditional practices and knowledge are balanced with the best western science.

Vision

Fostering a strong working relationship with our Nations and through a common voice, ensuring our ecosystems return to a healthy balance, while respecting our cultures, advancing our peoples’ well-being, and enhancing our economies.

CCIRA provides ongoing support for community and area implementation initiatives. Project direction comes from strategic planning documents, such as marine and land use plans that have been developed through comprehensive community planning processes. Implementation priorities have been chosen by the Nations and direct work activities of CCIRA and community staff. CCIRA seeks to improve project outcomes by:

  • providing technical and coordination support to community stewardship staff;
  • leveraging Nations’ collective voice; and,
  • coordinating project funding and implementation.

Projects

Central Coast Nations engagement in a collaborative fisheries resource reconciliation governance agreement which is currently focused on securing sufficient access to Dungeness crab for FSC purposes, and assessing the effectiveness of rockfish conservation areas on the Central Coast.
Development and implementation of a collaborative ecosystem-based monitoring program for the Central Coast with the Province of British Columbia.
Collaborative development of a network of marine protected areas for the Northern Shelf Bioregion.
Improving the protection and sustainability of our resources from the impacts of marine shipping in our territories.

Team

Rich Chapple, President
Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance
2790 Vargo Road
Campbell River, BC
V9W 4X1

Rick Shaw , Wuikinuxv Nation, Travis Hall, Heiltsuk Nation, Barry Edgar, Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation, Blair Mack, Nuxalk Nation

Communities

(members)

Heiltsuk Nation
Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation
Nuxalk Nation
Wuikinuxv Nation

KEY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Marine governance and planning
  • Marine conservation
  • Shipping and marine response
  • EBM and compliance monitoring
  • Marine science
  • Fisheries Management
  • Communications and Outreach

INTERNAL CAPACITY

AAROM:

  • President
  • Program Director
  • Administrator
  • Fisheries Coordinator
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Science Coordinator
  • GIS Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator

Other :

  • Shipping Coordinator
  • Marine Planner
  • Marine Implementation Coordinator
  • Indigenous Laws Coordinator
  • Marine Technical Support

PARTNERSHIPS

  • DFO Science
  • DFO Fisheries
  • DFO Oceans
  • DFO Coast Guard
  • Central Coast Commercial Fisheries Association
  • Province of BC
  • West Coast Conservation Land Management Program
  • Marine Planning Partnership
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Hakai Institute
  • Coastal First Nations — Great Bear Initiative
  • Transport Canada
  • University of Victoria
  • Simon Fraser University

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