The Salish Sea Emerging Stewards kick off

Cowichan students join us for a full day of hands-on learning at UVic.

We’re very excited to be kicking off the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards Program this week with youth from the Indigenous Leadership program and other youth from the Cowichan School District. We’re in the first phase of our new three part Salish Sea Stewards program. This is the land-based preliminary learning phase where we’ll be introducing key themes and ideas that we focus on for the program.

As part of this phase, we’ve partnered with local scientists, knowledge holders and conservationists to deliver four hands-on interactive learning stations at the University of Victoria.

The Raincoast Applied Conservation Science Lab will be presenting their bear research that is currently being conducted on the central coast. The students will get the chance to become scientists and to try out some of the bear research tools and practices used.

Joe Akerman is a knowledge holder and youth educator and a leader with the Xwaaqw’um Project. He will be sharing stories and experiences with us to help us understand the land and wildlife from an Indigenous perspective.

Nicole Smith is a freelance archeologist who will help us understand the geological changes this land has gone through since the last ice age and helping us spot the clues around us in nature that help us understand the past.

Nancy Turner’s graduate students, Fiona Hamersley Chambers and Pamela Spalding, will be helping us identify local native plants and introduce us to ethnobotany.

The program will close tomorrow in the First People’s ceremonial hall with Robbie Louis, a local knowledge holder, who will be sharing some stories with us.

It takes a village to make a program like this happen. We would like to thank all our partners and supporters for helping make this possible.

Raincoast Education

Help us protect KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest

Together with Pender Islands Conservancy, we are raising funds to purchase and permanently protect a 45 acre forested property on the edge of the Salish Sea. The KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest is located within the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) biogeoclimatic zone, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in Canada. It is also among the most threatened in Canada. Protecting these forests is an investment in our collective future.

We’ve just announced a donation matching campaign to support the purchase and permanent protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest. Every dollar donated before December 31, 2022 will be matched by anonymous donors. This is a chance for you to double your impact!