Network News Archive

Revitalizing Indigenous Laws to Support Land and Marine Stewardship

01/03/2015 (All day)

What do stories about animals have to do with First Nations’ authority and governance? Everything, as it turns out. Small groups of participants from several north coast First Nations are sitting around tables, listening to stories - there is one about a peace ceremony between two neighbouring Nations, another about the origin of the wolf crest, and yet another about an ensnared bear. Embedded in these stories, songs and oral histories are principles about modern governance and laws for being good stewards on the land. 

Karajarri and Lutsel K'e Dene to Participate in Learning Exchange with Kitasoo/Xai'xais, Heiltsuk and Metlakatla Stewardship Staff

17/08/2014 (All day)
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A cross-cultural learning exchange will take place August 18 to 26th between Indigenous land and sea managers and rangers from the Kimberly Land Council in western Australia, the Lutsel K'e Dene Natio

Stewardship Graduates Ready and Prepared to Protect their Coastal Territories

07/04/2014 (All day)
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Twenty-three participants from nine Nations on the coast took part in a Stewardship Technicians Training program delivered through a partnership between Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative and Vancouver Island University. The training program wrapped up with a graduation ceremony in Port Hardy. In all, ten participants complet all seven courses and three others completed a majority of the courses:

Welcoming the Sputc (eulachon) Back to the River

03/04/2014 (All day)
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Nuxalkmc elders, hereditary chiefs, and other community members gathered on the banks of the Bella Coola river on March 29th, to bring back a ceremony they hope will encourage the sputc (eulachon) to return to the river in abundance once again. 

Building Skills to Monitor Environmental Compliance on the Coast

11/10/2013 (All day)
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Guardian watchmen and other stewardship field staff patrol their territories most days from early spring to late fall. To support the expanding role of First Nations stewardship staff, Coastal First Nations - Great Bear Initiative and Vancouver Island University have partnered  to develop a one year Stewardship Technicians training program. The training provides an opportunity for First Nations field staff to hone skills and learn the most up to data approaches to protecting resource values. 

From Man Overboard Drills to Project Management - Resource Stewardship Staff Gather to Share and Learn

22/07/2013 (All day)
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Hakai Beach Institute was a busy place during the first week in June, as more than 60 resource stewardship staff from eight Nations up and down the coast met at our annual Coastal Stewardship Network gathering.  This year was a little different than previous years, with directors, managers, guardian watchmen and other stewardship staff from resource stewardship offices throughout the coast travelling to meet with their colleagues from neighbouring Nations. 

Australia Delegation Travels 'On Country' to Kakadu National Park

17/07/2013 (All day)
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Final update from the Coastal First Nations delegation to Australia...

The day after the conference ended we packed up our bags and waited for the bus to pick us up and drive us to Kakadu National Park. 

Coastal First Nations at World Indigenous Network Conference in Australia

02/06/2013 (All day)
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Next update from Australia ... Coastal First Nation reps at the World Indigenous Network Conference for Land and Sea Managers, Darwin, Australia. 

From the adventures on the Cape, we dusted off the red dirt, spiffed ourselves up, and headed to the inaugural World Indigenous Network (WIN) Conference in Darwin, Australia.

Visiting Rangers Down Under!

27/05/2013 (All day)
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Members of the Coastal Stewardship Network (Doug Neasloss from Kitasoo, Megan Moody from Nuxalk and Anna Usborne from Metlakatla) are visiting Australia to attend the World Indigenous Network conference.  They started their trip with a visit to a community in northern Queensland to spend time with the Napranum Rangers (who are friends of the Network from our previous trips to Australia to attend the NAILSMA I-Tracker Forum).  Here is an update from Megan, Doug and Anna down under ....

Spirit Bear Lodge Awarded Outdoor Adventures Award

10/04/2013 (All day)
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Spirit Bear Lodge, operated by the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation, was recently awarded the Outdoor Adventures Award by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC. Vern Brown accepted the award on behalf of his community at the National Aboriginal Tourism Opportunities Conference held at the beautiful NK’MIP Resort in Osooyos.  The award recognizes Spirit Bear Lodge as an exceptional Aboriginal business that provides unique experiences in the great outdoors that encourage cultural and environmental understanding and an interest in conservation.