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Threats to Pacific Northwest Marine Conservation: The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

Proposed route of pipeline In the plenary talk on the last day of the International Marine Conservation Congress, Kyle Clifton, of the Gitaga’at First Nation of British Columbia, discussed traditional and contemporary marine resource management practices.  At the end of his talk he noted there is now a much bigger threat to sustaining the health of the marine resources of the area than at any time in the past.  In 1972 Canada’s federal government imposed a moratorium on tanker traffic on the Canadian portion of waters along the Inside Passage, the marine route from Puget Sound to the north ending in the Alaska Panhandle at Juneau and Skagway. It is called the Inside Passage because it is to the east of many offshore islands of British Columbia and southeastern Alaska.  …
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Traditions of Pacific NW Coastal Native Marine Management and Concerns for the Future

Nancy Turner and Kyle Clifton The closing plenary talk at the International Marine Conservation Congress was devoted to Pacific Northwest Coastal Native traditions of marine management and concerns about preserving the marine environment. The talk “Traditional Ecological Knowledge Systems of Coastal First Peoples” was co-presented by Nancy Turner, of the University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies, and Kyle Clifton, the Marine Use Planning Coordinator for the Gitaga’at First Nation, whose lands are on the Canadian mainland due east of the Gwaii Haanas Reserve on Haida Gwaii Island north of Vancouver Island. Nancy Turner cited a definition of traditional knowledge as “A cumulative body of knowledge, practices and beliefs, evolving by adaptive process and handed down through generations by cultural transmission” (Berkes, 2008).…
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