Land and Resource Agreements

Land and resource agreements for the Great Bear Rainforest were successfully negotiated in 2006 between coastal First Nations leaders and the Province. These landmark agreements:

  • Increase the rightful authority of coastal First Nations to govern and manage their territories
  • Set aside one-third of the region in new protected areas called conservancies
  • Create new rules for a lighter touch sustainable approach to forestry called ecosystem-based management
  • Ensure that ecological and human wellbeing are achieved over time

Specific guidance for governance, conservancies, ecosystem-based management, and human wellbeing are described in the Land and Resource Protocol, the Strategic Land Use Planning Agreements developed by each Nation, and the recently signed Reconciliation Protocol.

The Haida engaged in a separate government to government process  than that of other Coastal First Nations and signed a Strategic Land Use Agreement (SLUA) with the provincial government and more recently the Haida Reconciliation Protocol.

For more information on coastal First Nations land use planning on the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii, visit the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative website.  Also download the EBM Fact Sheets on Land Use Planning and Land Use Objectives.