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First Nations people take historic action for marine life

Words by Abi Scaife

The Indigenous people of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais have taken matters into their own hands and declared their waters a Marine Protected Area (MPA).

Amazing! Tell me more.

Tired of waiting for governments to act, the First Nations people unilaterally declared the opening of the new Gitdisdzu Lugyeks (Kitasu Bay) MPA. 

While MPAs are usually organised by federal governments, Kitasu Bay is the first to be declared under Indigenous Law.

What does this mean?

The MPA means that there will be no commercial or sport fishing in the area, and that marine life will be closely monitored, in an attempt to help marine populations grow. 

This is a huge step forward for marine protection, and sets an amazing precedent for other Indigenous and First Nations people.

If you want to learn more about the Kitasoo/Xai’xais people, you can do so on their website.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Raven Trust. This is a charity that works closely with First Nations communities to protect their rights and their people. Find out more here.

The Canal & Rivers Trust. The Rivers Trust is made up of conservation experts who work to create wild, healthy, natural rivers. Support them here.

Climate Reframe.  Climate Reframe is committed to supporting the climate and environment movement in its transformation towards greater justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI). Find out more.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Life Below Water.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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