From 2007-2010 the Kitasoo/Xai’xais also developed a marine use plan for their territory including spatial zones for protected areas and special management purposes, and comprehensive management strategies. This plan was subsequently harmonized with other Central Coast Nations’ individual plans to create a Central Coast First Nations Marine Use Plan and incorporated into the Marine Planning Partnership (MaPP) initiative with the Province. Marine use planning is complex due to the many resources, species and habitats involved as well as the multiple government jurisdictions involved. However, we are now working to implement the directions in our marine use plan. To read a copy of the marine use plan follow this link (link to pdf).

Working with the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA), we engage government, industry environmental organizations and other third parties to implement our marine use plan and create further positive change in our territory. Mechanisms for realizing plan implementation include:

  • Securing joint-management agreements with government to give the Central Coast First Nations’ jurisdiction and governing authority over our marine environment and its resources, which enable revenue and benefit sharing, and provides for equitable First Nations’ participation in economic development and capacity building
  • Acquiring specific resource tenures and licences through government negotiation, existing programs, and market buy-back
  • Developing partnerships with industry, environmental organizations and other third parties through memorandums of understanding, and impact-benefit or joint venture agreements
  • Affirming Aboriginal rights and title to our lands and resources through treaty, litigation and other means, as appropriate