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Coast Salish Gathering Initiative

The geographic area of the Georgia Basin and Puget Sound is nearly identical to the traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples of southwestern British Columbia and northwestern Washington State. In recognition of this, in 2010 the Georgia Straight was renamed the Salish Sea. There are 55 Canadian First Nations and 23 US Tribes that call the Salish Sea home.

 The Georgia Basin Action Plan had meaningful engagement of Coast Salish First Nations that took place through:

  • Input as a partner on the Steering Committee
  • Participation on Planning and Implementation Teams
  • Projects partnerships with Coast Salish Nations
  • The establishment of the Coast Salish Gathering a collaborative body that shares information and addresses environmental issues facing the Salish Sea transboundary ecosystem.


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