Who We Are

The North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society (NCSFNSS) was established in 2005 to enable First Nations communities on the British Columbia North Coast and lower Skeena River to collaborate on projects of shared value. In particular, the NCSFNSS works on regional and community-based initiatives related to planning and the sustainable use of marine resources. The member and partner Nations of the NCSFNSS are: Gitxaala, Gitga’at, Kitsumkalum, Kitselas, and Haisla First Nations.

The NCSFNSS was created by a group of Tsimshian communities of the North Coast to work together on issues of shared value. In order to engage in the British Columbia Treaty Process, the Tsimshian people worked together through the Tsimshian Tribal Council beginning in 1994. When this organization dissolved in 2005, a group of Tsimshian communities decided to continue working together on technical issues common to their communities. This led to the creation of the North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society.

The NCSFNSS has no mandate to conduct Consultations or to negotiate accommodations on behalf of its member and partner Nations with respect to Aboriginal Rights or Title, or to negotiate Treaty matters.

The NCSFNSS has four mandate statements:

1. Pursue Program Partnerships: Deliver programs and projects in partnership with other agencies.

  • ie. Marine Planning Partnership, Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management,

2. Enhance Community Capacity: Assist member and partner Nations in resource management initiatives, in accessing resources, and in developing local expertise.

3. Advocate Regional Interests: Advocate on behalf of member and partner Nations on issues of regional importance.

4. Undertake Regional Projects: Implement projects and monitoring efforts to collect baseline data and inform policies and practices of the NCSFNSS member and partner Nations and other agencies.

  • ie. Eulachon Monitoring Project, Ecstall Chum Stock Assessment

The NCSFNSS and its member and partner Nations agree to:

  • Work with a spirit of collaboration based on trust and openness
  • Respect the jurisdiction of member and partner Nations, including Aboriginal Rights and Title
  • Acknowledge the limitations of the NCSFNSS to its mandate and resource capacity
  • Build and utilize local expertise
  • Pursue active communication to share ideas and seek areas of mutual interest
  • Commit to resolve conflicts in a timely manner
  • Endeavor to inform community members of the NCSFNSS activities
  • Promote good relations with other agencies
  • Coordinate activities to avoid duplication of effort

The objectives of the NCSFNSS are to:

  • Provide a mechanism for regular dialogue among member and partner Nations of the NCSFNSS, between government agencies, and between the NCSFNSS and other First Nations groups
  • Support our member and partner Nations to engage in resource management and planning
  • Deliver projects concerning resource planning, management and research
  • Advocate for our member and partner Nations within various initiatives
  • Foster efficiency and effectiveness in inter-governmental relations
  • Integrate strategic perspectives on the management and use of natural resources through the development and review of regional policies

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