Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

September 18, 2005 22:01 ET

Heiltsuk Nation to Release Historic Land-use Plan

Protecting the Heart of B.C.'s Central Coast Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, Photo Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER, BC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 18, 2005) - The Heiltsuk Tribal Council located in Bella Bella will be releasing an historic land-use plan for their territory which covers the heart of B.C.'s Central Coast, a region that has been the centre of environmental conflict for the past decade with environmentalists calling it the Great Bear Rainforest.

Heiltsuk leaders and staff will hold a technical briefing about the plan for all interested stakeholders and First Nations at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, September 19, 2005, in Room C of the Roundhouse Community Centre located at the corner of Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard in Vancouver's Yaletown.

The land-use plan represents the Heiltsuk's vision for their territory, and includes general management directions, designation of protected areas and six key policy statements on salmon aquaculture, resource management, consultation, offshore oil and gas, cedar harvesting and protected areas. The land-use plan's release comes shortly before a major announcement by the Province about wilderness protection on the B.C. coast. In January 2004, the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Planning (CCLRMP) table, consisting of representatives from communities, labour, environmental groups, tourism, forest companies and recreation interests, reached an unprecedented consensus on land-use recommendations for B.C.'s Central Coast.

Since then, environmental groups have raised tens of millions of dollars in conservation investments to finance sustainable economic development for First Nations and local communities in the region. The conservation investment package depends on matching grants from the Province. A government announcement on the matching funds and consensus agreement is anticipated this fall. /For further information: Philip Hogan, Heiltsuk Researcher (604) 682-4141 ext. 56

Contact Information

  • Kelly Brown, Heiltsuk Land Use Plan Coordinator, Heiltsuk Tribal Council
    Primary Phone: 604-831-2848