The home territory of the Heiltsuk Nation is a breathtaking landscape of winding water channels, layered mountain ranges, and lush coastal rainforest.

The people of this place have stewarded these lands and marine resources for thousands of years. The Nation’s goal now is to redirect the use of the abundant marine resources of BC’s central coast to create long-lasting cultural, economic, and social returns for generations to come.

Ecotrust Canada is supporting this community-driven, future fisheries planning work with our Fisheries Diversification Model. This planning tool brings data together in new ways to suggest commercial fishing options that will help achieve the Nation’s vision and objectives.

When we visited Heiltsuk territory in February, fishermen, community members, and leaders fueled the planning tool with their ideas, aspirations, and information. Drawing from this knowledge and insight, we will craft a comprehensive plan for their consideration this spring.

Thank you to everyone who participated, and for the generosity and hospitality extended to Andrea and me.

 

Devlin Fernandes
Program Manger, Living Lab

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