First Nations

Government of Canada and Heiltsuk Nation collaborate to develop a local Marine Emergency Response Team 

  BELLA BELLA, BC, –  The Government of Canada and the Heiltsuk Nation announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) committing both organizations to work together to enhance the Nation’s role in marine environmental response within the Heiltsuk territory. Under the MOU, the Heiltsuk Nation, in collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard and Transport …

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Government of Canada Partnering with Indigenous Communities to Enhance Marine Safety on the Coast of Labrador

Sheshatshiu and Natuashish, NL, – As part of the third year of the Oceans Protection Program launched in 2017, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Bernadette Jordan, announced the award of $ 461,298 to the Innu First Nation communities of Sheshatshiu and Natuashish, each to acquire a search and …

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Canada’s first Indigenous-led Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary begins operations in British Columbia

Mr. Robert Stacey Paul Johnson, Heiltsuk CN-CGA Zone Coordinator Victoria, BC, – The Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary (CN-CGA) commenced on-water operations this fall in the territorial waters of Ahousaht and Heiltsuk First Nations, becoming the first Indigenous-led Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary in Canada. CN-CGA response units in Nisga’a, Gitxaala, and Kitasoo/Xai’xais territorial waters will …

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New marine safety equipment for Nunavut and Manitoba communities

Photo of Pond Inlet by Nunatsiaq News OTTAWA, ON – Through the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is working in partnership with Indigenous coastal communities to improve marine safety and responsible shipping to protect Canada’s marine environment. As part of this $1.5 billion plan, in 2017 the Canadian Coast Guard launched the Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program. Under …

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Canadian Coast Guard and Pacheedaht First Nation sign MOU to build marine facility

“The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is a proud moment for the Canadian Coast Guard and is solid proof of the successes that nation-to-nation negotiations can bring,” said Mario Pelletier, CCG Commissioner. (photo Canadian Coast Guard) Port Renfrew, BC – The Canadian Coast Guard and the Pacheedaht First Nation, as part of the Co-Developing …

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