The Great Bear Rainforest encompasses all or part of the traditional territories of the Haida, Haisla, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai’Xais, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuxalk, Oweekeno and Tsimshian peoples. These nations are working to regain stewardship over their ancestral lands and waters, building local capacity for resource management that incorporates traditional knowledge and practices with western science.
Pacific Wild is a co-founder of the SEAS (Supporting Emerging Aboriginal Stewards) Community Initiative. The mission of SEAS is to empower youth from First Nations communities to be stewards of their territories and natural resources by building educational capacity, creating opportunities for hands-on experience and supporting youth in achieving their educational and career goals.
Pacific Wild provides environmental education to youth in the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella through in-school presentations and field trips, as well as training and work experience in wildlife monitoring through summer internships. We also offer a program in the summer that brings together youth from central coast communities to develop marine-based and natural history skill sets. Click on the projects below to find out more.