NANWAKOLAS GUARDIAN GATHERING VIDEO VIDEO - Guardian Gatherings: Cultural Connection, Learning, Sharing, Professionalism- And Togetherness
In the Kwak̓wala language, “ǥa̱lǥa̱poła” means “standing together,” or “lifting each other up.” Twice each year, that’s exactly what the Guardians of the six Nanwakolas Council member First Nations of the Ha-ma-yas Stewardship Network do when they gather to learn about each other’s work, challenges, and successes over the past season, and – most importantly of all – to reconnect with each other.
Ocean Networks Canada is looking for Youth Science Ambassadors in select MaPP Partner communities. Posted until positions filled.
The Coastal Stewardship Network is looking for another Training Coordinator to join their team (details). Deadline to apply is February 28, 2023.
For Council of the Haida Nation, clickhere. Currently seeking a Marine Shipping Analyst and a Marine Shipping Project Manager.
Gitga'at Oceans and Lands Department is seeking a Regulatory Engagement Coordinator (details). The postings remains open until the position is filled.
2023 Community Excellence Awards
Applications are now being accepted for UBCM’s 2023 Community Excellence Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate UBCM members that have implemented projects or programs that demonstrate excellence in meeting the purposes of local government in B.C. The application deadline is May 19, 2023.
The awards are open to all local government and First Nation UBCM members. Applicants are limited to one application per category.
Members are limited to one application per category. The categories for 2023 are:
Excellence in Governance
Excellence in Service Delivery
Excellence in Asset Management
Excellence in Sustainability
Awards will be presented during UBCM’s 2023 Convention. All delegates are invited to attend the awards event.
Coastal First Nations VIDEO - "After UN initiated four International Decades to Eradicate Colonialism and a global movement to decolonize former colonies, Canada’s Indigenous population continues to suffer from dispossession of their cultural artefacts and much more. In the case of the Nuxalkmc People, Louie Snuxyaltwa, Hereditary Chief Snuxyaltwa’s great grandfather, was one of the last gifted spiritual carver in Talleomy and many of his totem poles and canoes for family and his people had made their way to the Royal BC Museum and other international museums.
In October 2019, Four Nuxalk Hereditary Chiefs together with many supporters from Nuxalk First Nation went to the Museum to request the return of two totem poles and cultural artefacts. The totem poles were taken from their home land South Bentick (Talleomy) when they were forced to relocate after a smallpox epidemic in the early 1900’s. They both were carved by Louie Snuxyaltwa and are the long house entrance poles which are sacred to the Nuxalkmc people.
Hereditary Chief Snuxyaltwa has said his great grandfather's spirit is still in the totem poles and is not at rest. So he has been lobbying hard on behalf of all the hereditary chiefs to bring the poles and artefacts back where they belong. After years of effort, the Royal BC Museum agreed to release one totem pole back on February 13. While that is a historical step in the right direction, the Nuxalk Nation has sent a letter reminding RBCM that one more totem pole plus artifacts are still overdue for repatriation," as stated in a media release by the Nuxalk Nation.
Media contact: Chief Snuxyaltwa (Deric Snow). Email: email@example.com
Coastal First Nations VIDEO - Want to learn more about the Great Bear Sea MPA Network?
Watch this film that highlights the many years of collaborative work from coastal First Nations, Canada and BC that led to this historic conservation success!
“It was so unexpected. Nobody had heard of such a massive deposition in the abyss.” Scientists scanning the Pacific Ocean floor off Mexico happened upon millions of dead crabs. What killed them, and how did they get there?
Written by Fanni Szakal How Did Millions of Dead Crabs Wind Up in the Abyss? (Hakai Magazine) CPAWS-BC
What does 15 years of conservation financing in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii look like?
With support from Coast Funds over the past 15 years, First Nations in the region have
created 1,253 permanent jobs,
conducted 389 research and habitat restoration projects, and
established 18 regional monitoring and Guardian Watchmen programs.
“As world leaders look to address biodiversity loss, climate change, and socioeconomic gaps, the conservation finance model we’ve pioneered with Coast Funds shows how we might do things differently.” - Dallas Smith, Coast Fund’s board chair First Nations Have Created Over 1,250 Jobs, 120 Businesses Since 2008 (Coast Funds)
West Coast Environmental Law VIDEO - Did you hear the good news? At IMPAC 5 Canada, Canada announced its minimum standards framework for marine protected areas (MPAs). This is exciting because they committed to this back in 2019 to prohibit harmful activities that can *still* occur within MPAs: oil and gas extraction, deep sea mining, bottom-trawl fishing, and pollution dumping. It's common sense!
West Coast Staff Lawyer Stephanie Hewson explains more in this video by SeaBlue Canada (a collective of seven Canadian NGOs, including West Coast, working together to hold the Government of Canada to account on ambitious, equitable and impactful marine protection).
Pacific Salmon Foundation
Salmon stocks have been declining since the 1970s with some populations decreasing by 90 per cent. Our team at the Pacific Salmon Foundation is dedicated to restoring wild Pacific salmon. For many years now PSF has been leading and collaborating on critical scientific research related to the effect of open-net pen fish farms on salmon health. The body of research that PSF and our collaborators have published leads to and continues to affirm our position for the need to transition open-net pen fish farms to closed containment.
A decade of rigorous, peer-reviewed research has outlined the numerous risks open-net pen salmon farms pose to wild Pacific salmon through the amplification and transfer of harmful parasites and pathogens.
The mounting scientific, peer-reviewed evidence makes one point clear: open-net pen salmon farms present a clear and unacceptable risk to B.C.’s wild Pacific salmon. This risk is posed, in particular, on stocks of concern migrating through the Discovery Islands. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)’s own science-advisory processes have indicated that transitioning to closed containment is a necessary step in protecting Fraser River sockeye and Chinook populations.
We’ve highlighted a number of critical pieces of evidence related to the risks open-net pen fish farms pose in the Discovery Islands, and included it with information on our Salmon Health Program.
This work supports our mission to sustain healthy populations of Pacific salmon for generations to come. #SalmonHealth Salmon Health Program: Discovery and Action (PSF)