Government of Canada and coastal First Nations announce progress to protect a large unique marine area off the Pacific West Coast

Media advisory

Logos: Tang.ɢwan — ḥačxwiqak — Tsig̱is Marine Protected Area

Vancouver, British Columbia – The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard together with Cloy-e-iis, Dr. Judith Sayers with the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, President Gaagwiis Jason Alsop with the Council of the Haida Nation, Chief Jeff Jones with the Pacheedaht First Nation, James Wallas, Elected Councillor with Quatsino First Nation will jointly announce progress on the proposed Tang.ɢwan — ḥačxwiqak — Tsig̱is Marine Protected Area.

Date:                Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Time:                10:00 a.m. PST

Location:         Vancouver Convention Centre, Room 201
                           1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

*Access to the venue:

  • On-site participation in this event is for IMPAC5-accredited media only.
  • Media must be in possession of an accreditation badge to access the venue. If you are not already registered, please allow time to obtain your badge.

*Access to the teleconference:

Media planning to attend the event are required to contact Fisheries and Oceans Canada Pacific Region Media Relations at to register by Tuesday, February 6 at 4:00 p.m. PST. A confirmation email containing instructions for participating in the conference will only be provided to media representatives who have registered.


Media Relations
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Helen Jones
Manager, Pacheedaht Fisheries Manager

Kira Sawatzky
Fisheries Manager, Quatsino First Nation

Irine Polyzogopoulos
Communications, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council

Laverne Hamilton
Communications and Culture Directors, Council of the Haida Nation

About IMPAC5

IMPAC5, the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress, is where the world will come together and take a stand to protect the global ocean. From 3 – 9 February, 2023, ocean conservation professionals, leaders and decision-makers will attend IMPAC5 in Vancouver, Canada, to learn, share and chart a course towards protecting 30 per cent of the global ocean by 2030. The IMPAC5 high-level segment, the Leadership Forum (on February 9), has invited international ministers and decision makers to chart a course towards achieving the marine conservation targets negotiated as part of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Goals.

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