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Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance


British Columbia

About us

First Nations culture and well-being are intricately linked to the health of our environment. For over 10,000 years we sustainably managed our territorial resources, ensuring that the trees, fish and water in our territories provided for today’s needs without compromising the health of the resources for future generations. Over the last 100 years we have watched as a sector-by-sector approach to resource management has depleted resources on the land and in the ocean. The Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance works to return the Central Coast Nations to the healthy communities and sustainable resource management practices of our past by ensuring First Nations interests and traditional practices and knowledge are balanced with the best western science.


Fostering a strong working relationship with our Nations and through a common voice, ensuring our ecosystems return to a healthy balance, while respecting our cultures, advancing our peoples’ well-being, and enhancing our economies.

CCIRA provides ongoing support for community and area implementation initiatives. Project direction comes from strategic planning documents, such as marine and land use plans that have been developed through comprehensive community planning processes. Implementation priorities have been chosen by the Nations and direct work activities of CCIRA and community staff. CCIRA seeks to improve project outcomes by:

  • providing technical and coordination support to community stewardship staff;
  • leveraging Nations’ collective voice; and,
  • coordinating project funding and implementation.

Rick Shaw , Wuikinuxv Nation, Travis Hall, Heiltsuk Nation, Barry Edgar, Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation, Blair Mack, Nuxalk Nation


Heiltsuk Nation
Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation
Nuxalk Nation
Wuikinuxv Nation


  • Marine governance and planning
  • Marine conservation
  • Shipping and marine response
  • EBM and compliance monitoring
  • Marine science
  • Fisheries Management
  • Communications and Outreach



  • President
  • Program Director
  • Administrator
  • Fisheries Coordinator
  • Fisheries Technician
  • Science Coordinator
  • GIS Coordinator
  • Communications Coordinator

Other :

  • Shipping Coordinator
  • Marine Planner
  • Marine Implementation Coordinator
  • Indigenous Laws Coordinator
  • Marine Technical Support


  • DFO Science
  • DFO Fisheries
  • DFO Oceans
  • DFO Coast Guard
  • Central Coast Commercial Fisheries Association
  • Province of BC
  • West Coast Conservation Land Management Program
  • Marine Planning Partnership
  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Hakai Institute
  • Coastal First Nations — Great Bear Initiative
  • Transport Canada
  • University of Victoria
  • Simon Fraser University