Hello MaPP Team,

The photographs from the ceremony are now available to view and download at the following link:

You can watch the livestream of the ceremony at:
Global News had a segment on the ceremony:


For CFN-GBI Career opportunities, click here.

For Council of the Haida Nation, click here.

Gitga'at Oceans and Lands Department is seeking a Regulatory Engagement Coordinator (details). The postings remains open until the position is filled.


Here is the link to the Province’s Coastal Marine Strategy webpage:

You will find:
The Coastal Marine Strategy Intentions Paper;
summary of the Intentions Paper; and
A link to the questionnaire to provide your feedback by April 14, 2023.


IMPAC 5 Canada. Vancouver, BC. February 3-9, Draft Program (click here)

International Indigenous Tourism Conference (IITC). Winnipeg, MB. March 8-10, 2023.

Coastal Zone Canada 2023. Victoria, June 11-14, 2023
We are excited to announce the Call for Abstracts is now open and the extended deadline is Friday, December 16, 2022, it will support dialogues around a broad range of topics related to the following sub-themes:

  • Coastal and Marine Planning, Conservation and Management to Increase Resilience
  • Working Together for Coastal and Marine Stewardship
  • Coastal Engineering and Sustainable Development
  • Nature-Based and Other Solutions for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  • Coastal Processes, Hazards, and Risk Management
  • Innovation, Technology and Research

To submit an abstract or special session, please click here:

Seven Seas Media - Ocean Conservation Events Calendar
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Here are some news items collected since January 24, 2022:

A dozen First Nations in B.C. funded to pursue clean energy projects
The Turtle Island News
A number of coastal First Nations got funding to advance ongoing clean energy projects in their communities. The Kitasoo Xai'xais First Nation ...  

First Nations Invest in Community Energy Plans, Renewable Energy Projects 
Coast Funds
... 12 First Nations that rely on diesel for electricity – including eight communities in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii – will receive ...

Haida Gwaii named one of the best Canadian fishing destinations
Haida Gwaii Observer
‘One-stop shop for fantastic angling action’: online booking site

House post returning to B.C. First Nation after 138 years, decades in Harvard storage
Today in BC
Post will be exhibited at Museum of Northern B.C. until a museum in the village of Lax Klan is built

Royal B.C. Museum returning totem to remote First Nation 
Times Colonist
A totem pole that was taken from a remote First Nation on the Central Coast and has been in the Royal B.C. Museum's collection for more than a ...
Feds and First Nations gearing up to host global ocean conservation summit 
Penticton Herald
“So IMPAC5 is a huge opportunity to be doing more with ocean conservation and ocean climate restoration work, and I look forward to Canada being a ...

Canadian Coast Guard respond to fuel spill near English Bay (PHOTOS) 
Daily Hive
The Canadian Coast Guard is responded to an oil spill Sunday near English Bay in Vancouver.  
Salmon farms not 'solely' to blame for growing B.C. sea lice infestations, claims DFO study
Parasitic sea lice occur naturally in the Pacific Ocean, but they tend to thrive in fish farms because of the high density of fish.
B.C. fish farms say report suggests sea lice not significant; opponents disagree
Sea lice on wild salmon is a major part of the controversy around whether fish farms should be allowed in B.C.'s coastal waters.

Fourth whale washes ashore on Oregon Coast amid gray whale decline
Statesman Journal
It was a subadult male gray whale that appeared to have been preyed upon by killer whales, according to a necropsy, said Michael Milstein with NOAA ...

Marine protected areas, marine heatwaves, and the resilience of nearshore fish communities
While there is evidence that marine protected areas (MPAs) may be able to buffer individual species from climate impacts, there is not sufficient ...
Kelp forests losing unique traits due to climate change, says study 
Down To Earth
Kelp forests — underwater ecosystems formed in shallow water by the dense growth of several different species known as kelps — are declining ...
Benefits of seaweed 
Finally, seaweeds are discussed as a potential carbon sink to mitigate global warming due to the accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Worst impacts of sea level rise will hit earlier than thought: Study 
The Economic Times
The underestimates of land elevation mean coastal communities have less time to prepare for sea level rise than expected, with the biggest impacts ...

NGO's Call On UN Shipping Body To Reduce Underwater Noise Impact On Marine Life
Marine Insight
... impacts of underwater noise pollution on the health of marine wildlife, including whales, ... Arctic Program Manager, at Ocean Conservancy.

 Coastal First Nations
Totem pole returning to Bella Coola, Nuxalk territory, after decades in Victoria museum
Coast Mountain News
The plan is to load the pole onto a truck on Feb. 13 in Victoria
 Coast Funds 
Through the Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network, First Nations in the southern reaches of the #GreatBearRainforest are working together to strengthen their Guardian programs and steward the lands, waters, and life within their territories. 🤲 #Na̲nwak̲olas
Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network Supports Guardians, Collaboration
 (Coast Funds)

 Coast Funds 
#Indigenous #stewardship has allowed ecosystems to thrive for millennia — and that knowledge is integral to solving the #climate and #biodiversity crises.
More on how the world is just now catching up to the leadership of Indigenous peoples. ⤵️
How Indigenous Peoples are leading the way on global biodiversity protection (Canadian Geographic)

 Conservation through Reconciliation
Do you want to learn more about #IPCAs and other #Indigenousledconservation initiatives?
Look no further than the @IPCABasket, with an abundance of resources, stories, and guidance.
Start your learning journey and create your own basket of knowledge:
IPCA Knowledge Basket

Nature United
“It’s a special and untouched ecosystem that needs to stay intact. We have always known that. But now we’re asking for recognition to uphold our declaration.” - Jìnìk (Charmaine Thom), elected spokesperson for the Taku River Tlingit.
First Nation declares large portion of British Columbia’s Taku River watershed a protected area (The Globe and Mail)

 The Nature Conservancy
Conservation has evolved. It is increasingly about partnering with the people who live in and around areas of ecological significance, who are best positioned to steward these places for the long-term. A new study in Conservation Biology suggests how: 

“The Nawalakw team welcomed us with open arms, hearts, and homes, as they showed us around Alert Bay, Hada, and the incredible wildlife that lives there. The team has created such a magical space at the Nawalakw Language and Culture Camp that will support the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw language and culture for generations to come. It’s empowering to see Indigenous leaders turning their visions into reality right in front of you.”
In October, 2022, folks from MakeWay were invited by Nawalakw to spend time with their team in Alert Bay, BC. We spoke with some of the folks who shared space and time with Nawalakw to get their reflections, learnings and highlights; here’s what they experienced: 
Gratitude, learning and connection: meeting The Nawalakw Culture Project (MakeWay)

The Edge Prize is an invitation to all those growing healthy communities and ecosystems in the Salmon Nation bioregion! By choosing to share your story, creating a visible path that others can follow, you’ll be eligible to win prizes from $500 to $20,000.
Applications are due Feb 1st. Learn more and apply here!

 IMPAC 5 Canada 
Are you looking for fun, FREE activities to enjoy with your whole family? 🤔
Come to the Ocean Festival on 3-4 February and enjoy an all-ages festival celebrating the ocean! 🥳🎶🌊
Children of all ages will be delighted by several interactive activities and photo ops, including a collaborative 🐙Giant Pacific Octopus Art Installation, face painting and 🎨colouring at the Family Art Station. Find all the details here:

 IMPAC 5 Canada 
To wrap up our last week of profiling exciting IMPAC5 keynote speakers, meet Shauna Aminath:
Shauna Aminath is the Maldives’ Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology. In this role, she helps protect the natural environment and its resources.
Shauna led the national effort to realize its vision of becoming a carbon neutral county by 2020, steering the development of the Maldives’ renewable energy investment plan.
Don’t miss your chance to hear Shauna! Register for #IMPAC5 today:

Ocean Decade 
🌐 The Global Estuaries Monitoring (GEM) #OceanDecade Programme is co-designed by partners and stakeholders, with a view to develop a global network to monitor environmental contaminants, such as pharmaceutical residues, emerging pollutants, #microplastics🥤, pathogens and more, in major urbanised estuaries worldwide.
Read the interview with Professor Kenneth Leung and dive into this Decade Action 👉
GEM is currently receiving project applications. Discover how to apply 👉
DEADLINE 📅 31 January 2023 - PHOTO
Ocean Decade 
🛶 Coastal communities play a key role in supporting all components of the #ocean economy, preserving important social and cultural values, and upholding coastal and marine management and governance.
🌊 The #OceanDecade is working to ensure a sustainable use of ocean resources - improved livelihoods 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦, food security 🎣 and jobs 💰 while protecting the health of #ecosystems.
Want to engage? Discover how to apply to the Call for Actions No. 04/2022 by 31 January. 👉
📷 Shibasish Saha / Climate Visuals - PHOTO

 Hakai Institute
VIDEO - TNC Ocean Scientist Vienna Saccomanno is on a mission to map kelp strongholds on California's North Coast 🌊
We can't save kelp if we don't know where it is, and Vienna's team is using drones to find it. Meet nature's new eye in the sky. Thank you to our partners at Hakai Institute for their partnership on this episode.
Thank you to everyone who attended our sold out Indigenous Stewardship event last night!
We have one more speaker event next week at 312 Main! Come learn about Youth Leadership in conservation on Tuesday, Jan 31 at 6pm!
Youth Night | IMPAC5 Ocean Fest Speaker Series 

Indigenous land stewardship will play a vital role as BC works toward safeguarding 30% of nature by 2030.
“Two new United Nations reports concluded once again that climate change and biodiversity declines are threatening people’s health, food systems, and prosperity around the globe. But the reports also identified a significant bright spot. Both confirmed that Indigenous Peoples play a vital role in sustaining lands and waters that we all depend on.”
There are success stories all across BC. Guardian Watchmen programs along the coast help restore salmon and support sustainable tourism. Interior First Nations are reviving cultural burning practices that reduce wildfire risk and create job opportunities. The proposed Dene K’éh Kusān Protected Area in northern BC shelters a rich diversity of wildlife, like elk and caribou.
Interested in learning more about current Indigenous-led conservation opportunities in BC? Join us this Thursday for our COP15 Wrapped Webinar:
We’ll be hosting three incredible panelists, one of which authored this highly recommended read
How Indigenous Protected Areas can help build a better B.C. (The Narwhal)
 West Coast Environmental Law 
“Enacting our own laws serves to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, the land we live on.” - Jìnìk (Charmaine Thom) 🌱
The Taku River Tlingit First Nation has recently declared that 60% of the Taku River system will be preserved as an Indigenous Protected & Conserved Area (IPCA). This river system is the largest intact watershed on the Pacific Coast of North America and is a home and ecological refuge for several plant, and animal species such as grizzly bears, woodland caribou, stone sheep, moose, wolf, mountain goats, wolverines, and five species of salmon. Many of these species are central to Tlingit livelihood and culture. Sustaining these homelands will be a victory for the future generations of all.
This 1.8-million-hectare region, and pristine landscape is one of few in B.C. that bear no major scars from human development. This declaration is a significant success in the light of Indigenous-led land stewardship and revitalizing Indigenous laws, which require having respect for the land, air and water.
For the federal government to honour their promotion and commitment to IPCAs as an approach to meet its climate and biodiversity goals, they must also be willing to collaborate, recognize and uphold Tlingit law.
First Nation declares large portion of British Columbia's Taku River watershed a protected area (The Globe and Mail)

 Ocean Networks Canada
Today is the anniversary of the magnitude 9 Cascadia Megathrust #Earthquake of 1700 - one of the world's largest earthquakes.
More than 1,000 earthquakes are recorded annually in British Columbia (BC), and steps are underway to make us better able to mitigate their impacts. Earthquake early warning (EEW) technology can enable us to implement protective measures to save lives and critical infrastructure.
Since 2016, as part of a BC-based EEW system, ONC has been installing and operating a network of real-time #seismic sensors on the land and in the deep ocean near #Cascadia Subduction Zone off the west coast of #VancouverIsland. When a recent earthquake hit Tofino, ONC sensors were able to provide 43 seconds of advanced notification to Vancouver and Victoria before the ground-shaking arrived at those locations.
Depending on future earthquake locations, this EEW could provide BC infrastructure operators up to 90 seconds of advance warning, enabling them to implement protective measures such as slowing trains, diverting flights and pausing bridge and tunnel traffic.
Stay tuned as we share more promising developments in EEW 👉

 Pacific Salmon Foundation
PSF’s Community Salmon Program granted $227,828 to 48 grassroots salmon stewardship projects across B.C. Congratulations and thank you to recipients who take action to conserve and rehabilitate Pacific salmon and their habitats!
Learn about two projects and find out how you can apply for funding below.

Province of BC YouTube Channel

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Thank you,
Josie Byington
MaPP Communications Assistant


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