We are Coastal First Nations, saving lives at sea
The Coastal Nations Coast Guard Auxiliary (W) Inc. (CN-CGA) was incorporated in mid 2018 under the sponsorship of the Federal Government, for the purpose of providing organized voluntary maritime Search & Rescue (SAR) in coastal areas of British Columbia (BC). The CN-CGA in addition to SAR, promotes water safety and conducts coastal safety patrols in an Auxiliary support role to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG).
We are Canadas first Indigenous led Coast Guard Auxiliary (CGA) with a purpose to protect both mariners and citizens through the forging of strong and lasting partnerships between maritime First Nations (FN) and the (CCG).
The organization is governed and supported by a FN’s Board, bylaws and a contribution agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (FOC). As a not for profit organization, the CN-CGA is also obligated to follow the Society’s Act and relevant government laws in British Columbia. The CN-CGA is committed to working in partnership with FOC, CCG, CCG-A and FN’s to provide effective marine SAR services for people in distress throughout BC’s coastline region.
Future membership will be based on building relationships, historic SAR needs, statistical SAR activity, identified vulnerable areas and local capacity to support SAR units.
This new relationship between FN’s and the CCG in BC is based on knowledge sharing and in the spirit of true collaboration. This year and into next will set the stage for future strategic direction by engaging with FN communities along coastal BC regarding their needs and priorities.
TO PROVIDE EFFECTIVE MARITIME SEARCH AND RESCUE SERVICES, PROMOTE SAFETY, AND SAVE LIVES OF PEOPLE IN DISTRESS IN OUR TRADITIONAL WATERS.
WE ARE COASTAL NATIONS WORKING TOGETHER TO SAVE LIVES ON OUR TRADITIONAL WATERS.
CN-CGA means integrity, humanity, people helping people, we are guided by our shared values.
- Openness and Honesty
- Striving Towards Excellence
- Respect for Culture and Tradition
- Teamwork and Collaboration
- Innovation and Continuous Learning
- Sharing knowledge
- Leadership and Inspiration