Network News Archive

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)
Boat Trip

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. 

Coastal First Nations Preparing for Arrival of Tsunami Debris

11/03/2013 (All day)
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The Coastal First Nations Tsunami Debris Working Group has been formed to discuss concerns and take action to address the impacts of the predicted 1.5 million tonnes of debris that is starting to arrive on BC's shores from the devastating 2011 Japan tsunami.  Resource stewardship staff in each community will monitor and document all incidental sightings of offshore and onshore debris. They will also conduct detailed beach surveys in areas where marine debris historically accumulates, as well as important areas identified in marine use plans, such as traditional clam beds and other harvesting sites. 

2012 - A Successful Year for Guardian Watchman Monitoring the Coast

02/01/2013 (All day)

The regional monitoring statistics for 2012 are proof it was a busy year for Guardian Watchmen monitoring effort on the central and north coast:

396 patrol days and 1500+ hours on the water and land
256 wildlife sightings observed 
550 boat sightings documented
182 prawn and crab traps recorded
7 Guardian Watchman crews monitoring and protecting their Nation’s territories

Whether monitoring grizzly bear hunting, invasive species and tsunami debris, or protecting the health of salmon populations, whale species and cultural sites on their territories, coastal First Nations Resource Stewardship office staff had a very successful year!

Nuxalk Coastal Guardians Monitor the Health of Traditional Foods

30/11/2012 (All day)
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Concerns about overfishing of crabs by commercial fishermen and tourists have lead to a study by the Nuxalk Integrated Resource Office to monitor the health of local crab populations in key areas within Nuxalk territory. With extra funds freed up by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Nuxalk Coastal Guardians Ernie Tallio and John Sampson have conducted crab surveys for the past two years. They have focused on two areas identified in the Nuxalk Marine Use Plan that are important for traditional food fishing - the Bella Coola estuary and Ickna Creek in the South Benetick.