Great Bear Rainforest Partners and Communities

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Government, First Nations, Environmental Groups & Industry

History of First Nations in and around the Great Bear Rainforest extends beyond human memory. Archaeological dating shows settlements in existence for more than 11,000 years. Home to 26 First Nations, approximately 18,000 people live here today.

While each Nation is distinct, the peoples’ histories, identities and spiritual beliefs remain linked to the land, water, animals and plants of the region. Vast knowledge from long ago has been brought forward through an oral history, evident within the fishing, logging, arts and cultural practices and industries. The First Peoples of this region share a belief that resources should be managed in a manner that ensures they continue to provide for future generations.

The Government of B.C. continues to build and strengthen relationships with Indigenous peoples and communities. It is working with First Nations and Indigenous community leaders to focus on closing the socio-economic gaps that separate Indigenous peoples from other British Columbians and building a province where everyone can fully participate in a prosperous economy, conservation and sound stewardship of the rainforest ecosystems.

Great Bear Rainforest Communities


Coast Forest Conservation Initiative

These five businesses comprise the Coast Forest Conservation Initiative, committed to ecosystem-based management in the Great Bear Rainforest:

  • BC Timber Sales
  • Catalyst Paper Corporation
  • Howe Sound Pulp and Paper
  • Interfor Corporation
  • Western Forest Products Inc.

Rainforest Solutions Project

The Rainforest Solutions Project includes includes Greenpeace, (formerly ForestEthics) and Sierra Club B.C., and promotes conservation options and economic alternatives to industrial logging on British Columbia’s Central Coast, North Coast and Haida Gwaii.