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Govt of Canada has officially recognized the marine portion of the Gwaxdlala Indigenous Protected and Conserved area

In November 2021, the Mamalilikulla First Nation declared a 40-square-mile patch of its land and water on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, to be an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area โ€” a unilateral decision meant as a โ€œconstructive challengeโ€ to Ottawaโ€™s pledges to uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples.
Now, the Canadian government has officially recognized the marine portion of the Gwaxdlala/Nalaxdlala Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area, naming it the first official marine refuge in the Northern Shelf Bioregion โ€” an ecologically rich area covering about two-thirds of Canadaโ€™s west coast. The 8-square-mile marine refuge, located in a fjord roughly 150 miles northwest of Vancouver, is home to underwater sponges and rare corals and serves as an important throughway for salmon swimming upstream to spawn. Designating it a refuge makes it off-limits to commercial fishing. The change will help restore populations of salmon, rockfish, crab, and prawns throughout the watershed.
Joyce Murray, Canadaโ€™s minister of fisheries, oceans, and the coast guard, said the announcement was made possible by โ€œclose collaborationโ€ with the Mamalilikulla, who the government drove from their villages over the course of the 20th century. โ€œThis is a significant achievement in Canadaโ€™s commitments to advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and protect important marine areas,โ€ she said in a statement.
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    This is great leadership in taking climate change actions as required.

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      great news

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        That's great!

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