The Kitasoo/Xai'xais are Committed to Protecting their Lands for Future GenerationsThe ancestors of the local First Nations of Klemtu managed their resources in a sustainable way that provided for all and ensured that the wealth of forests, fish and wildlife would be here for the future.
Over the last hundred years, the Kitasoo/Xai'xais have seen their resources extracted in non-sustainable ways and the depletion of their natural capital. In 1982, the local tribal council began steps to manage their traditional territory in the ways of their ancestors but in a modern context.
Working with conservation groups such Valhalla Wilderness Society, Raincoast Conservation Fund, Greenpeace, and many others, the council and the people of Klemtu began a historic journey to protect the unique and sensitive eco-systems and wildlife that make up one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet.
These conservation achievements are not the end but only the beginning for a people who see themselves as the rightful owners and stewards of the place they call home, British Columbia's Pacific Northwest.
Kitasoo Spirit Bear ConservancyThe World's Only Protected Area for the White Spirit Bear of BC's Coastal Rainforest
Protecting the natural habitat of the Spirit bear is a major achievement for the Kitasoo/Xai'xais people and the conservation groups that worked tirelessly to give this bear a sanctuary from logging and hunting.
The Great Bear RainforestThe Last Remaining Temperate Rainforest in the World is Yours to Experience
On March 31, 2009, the Great Bear Rainforest, which is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range on the west coast of British Columbia was officially and legally protected from logging.
Fjordland ConservancyA Co-Managed BC Park Containing Prime Grizzly and Spirit Bear Habitat
Fjordland Conservancy is a large marine park, encompassing Kynoch and Mussel Inlets, their estuaries and the surrounding mountainous landscape.