COAST LAND USE PLANNING
FIRST NATIONS
SCIENCE BASED DECISION MAKING

People settled the Great Bear Rainforest soon after the last Ice age. Thirteen different language families exist among the many First Nations who live here — their totem poles, long houses, and archeologically significant sites are found throughout the area. This place is their past and their future.

The context of land use planning and the development and implementation of ecosystem-based management on the coast of British Columbia is defined in large part by the rights of aboriginal people.  There are 26 First Nations whose traditional territories include land and water within the Central Coast and North Coast.  As a result, the negotiation of comprehensive treaties, protocol agreements, interim measures, consultation and First Nations' land use planning are part-and-parcel of coastal planning.

Through their government-to-government relationship the Province and First Nations ratified consensus land use plans, oversaw the implementation of EBM and ratified the final 2016 Great Bear Rainforest Agreement.

First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest

Gitga'at www.gitgaat.net
Haisla www.haisla.ca
Kitasoo-Xaixais Nation www.kitasoo.org
Heiltsuk www.hcec.ca
Wuikinuxv www.coastalfirstnations.ca
Metlakatla www.metlakatla.ca
Da'naxda'xw www.danaxdaxw.com
Gwa'Sala-Nakwaxda'xw www.gwanak.info
We Wai Kai www.wewaikai.com
Mamalifikula-Que'Qwa'Sot'Em www.nanwakolas.com
We Wi Kum www.crband.ca
Namgis www.mttc.ca
Tlowitsis www.tlowitsis.com
Lax Kwalaams www.laxkwalaams.ca
Nuxalk www.nuxalknation.org
Homalco www.homalco.com
Gwawaenuk www.mttc.ca
Tsawataineuk www.mttc.ca
Kwicksutaineuk/ Ah'Kwaw'Mis www.mttc.ca
Gitxaala www.gitxaala.com
K'omoks www.comoxband.ca
Klahoose www.klahoose.com
Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative www.coastalfirstnations.ca
Nanwakolas Council www.nanwakolas.com