Feds seek feedback on ocean economy regulations
Haida Gwaii Observer
Deadline to comment is March 17. Oceans and Fisheries Canada (DFO) is asking people whose work is impacted by the ocean to give feedback on a new set of proposed regulations around Canada’s marine economy before March 17.
Coastal First Nations PHOTOS - Coastal First Nations (CFN) hosted an important feast to ‘set the table’ for the three levels of government, partners and allies committed to finding sustainable ways to preserve and protect the coast for generations to come.
During the fifth Marine Protected Areas ‘IMPAC5’ Congress, both the BC and federal governments, as well as 15 First Nations, endorsed a co-collaborative Network Action Plan across the coast.
The MPA Network Plan for the Northern Shelf Bioregion is an important step in ensuring healthy ecosystems into the future and it will support efforts made by the Canadian government to conserve 25 per cent of Canada’s oceans by 2025, and 30 per cent by 2030, by providing a planned approach to the creation of new protected areas.
“The only way they can meet those models — 25 by 25 and 30 by 30 — is to partner with and invest in Indigenous communities, because they’re our territories and we know them best,” says CFN Chief Executive Officer Xaad Xyaalaa Christine Smith-Martin. “We have amazing leaders, we have a financial model set up and we’re continuing to feed successful mechanisms to ensure this is here for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”
The MPA Network Plan will draw on the strengths of many initiatives CFN has been involved in since its inception — from successful financing models and economic growth, stewardship departments, guardian watchmen programs, co-collaborative ecosystem-based conservation projects and more. The Plan will focus on marine management, driven by the communities who have been stewarding their territories for thousands of years.
“We really want all three to remember that blanket you have on and the commitment we’re making to each other. When those times are tough, when you go back and people are questioning you, you remember all these people here, you remember these communities. Remember why we’re doing this work that we’re doing. We give it in good spirit. It’ll give you the strength to continue on this journey, because we are going to be successful in this, we are.”
Read the story at coastalfirstnations.ca
by Michael Ruffolo Coastal First Nations ‘Setting the Table’ for Marine Conservation (CFN) Coast Funds
"What I learned early on... is that stories have their own spirits. I become a vessel at every single presentation and let the stories speak through me. They will share what needs to be shared."
Great profile on Haida storyteller Kung Jaadee: Kung Jaadee to bring traditional Haida Gwaii stories to Horizon Stage (The Grove Examiner)
IPCA Knowledge Basket GRAPHIC - Our latest report highlights six stories of IPCA governance across what is now known as Canada.
The intent of the report is to share experiences and best practices and help Indigenous governments and communities decide what approach is most appropriate for them.
Visit the IPCA Knowledge Basket to learn more: www.ipcaknowledgebasket.ca
UN Ocean Decade
[OCEAN DECADE ANNOUNCEMENT] Mark your calendars
Three years after the start of the #OceanDecade, a global conference will bring together the Decade community and partners to celebrate achievements and set joint priorities for the future.
Hosted by #Spain and co-organized with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO), the 2024 UN Ocean Decade Conference will take place on 10-12 April 2024 in the coastal city of #Barcelona.
Read more https://bit.ly/3SLtmlF
West Coast Environmental Law
Podcast fans! Listen to this "Indigenous law exists independently of recognition from the state. It is embodied in, among other sources, the stories and language of each Indigenous nation." For millennia, Indigenous nations have governed and cared for their territories according to their own laws - actively stewarding the land and water to sustain their communities and all beings. This is Indigenous law.
Arctic Together Podcast Episode 2 (produced by Navigating the Arctic Community Office) features Rayanna Seymour (Hourie) and Summer Tyance, both Anishinaabekwe, who discuss WCEL's work supporting First Nations in revitalizing Indigenous law to solve complex environmental challenges.
Rayanna and Summer also share how they heal in community, lending their voices and prayers, through their womxn's hand drumming and singing group called Moonstone Drum Group! Check it out!
Podcast episode: https://lnkd.in/ezdqg28Z
Show notes: https://lnkd.in/e_i5y_u6