Christine Smith-Martin

CEO, Coastal First Nations - Great Bear Initiative

Christine is the CEO of the Great Bear Initiative-Coastal First Nations (GBI). She is a member of the Haida Nation and Lax Kw’alaams community.

She provides strategic leadership on the protection of terrestrial and marine environments and natural resources of its member Nations and promotes community self-sufficiency and sustainable economic development throughout North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii.
Christine supports CFN’s Nation members as they work together to build a strong, economy that recognizes our Aboriginal Rights and Title and protects our culture and ecosystems.

Christine has a successful track record in partnering with conservation groups, as well as national and global advocates who are working to address climate change, sustainable development and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples.

Speaker Sessions

Weaving Traditional & Modern Stewardship: The Legacy of Indigenous Coastal Marine Management

  • Ensuring Water Security
  • Indigenous Leadership and Ways of Knowing
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
Session Date
Thursday, Feb 15 2024 | 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Christine Smith-Martin CEO, Coastal First Nations - Great Bear Initiative
Waasekom Coordinator, SevenGen
Fin Donnelly Parliamentary Secretary for Watershed Restoration, Government of British Columbia
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