By now you’ve probably seen the photos and video we’ve shared of the Kitlope, and hopefully you’re getting some sense of how spectacular this place really is. This past May I was given the opportunity to travel to the Kitlope conservancy aboard the SV Maple Leaf and it was easily the most beautiful place I’ve ever been. Every corner we turned revealed stunning views of waterfalls, rock faces, estuaries and grizzly bears. Learning about the Kitlope’s First Nations history and their presence on the land, as well as meeting people dedicated to protecting this place from logging and extractive industries, brought the landscape to life and made the trip one that I will never forget.
Although the Kitlope conservancy is protected from logging and extractive industries, commercial trophy hunting still happens there. The Haisla Nation banned the killing of grizzlies in the Kitlope over 25 years ago (and the BC government implemented a provincial wide ban on grizzly hunting in late 2017), but killing wolves, black bears, cougars and other carnivores can still occur. Purchasing the Kitlope tenure brings us one step closer to permanently ending the trophy killing of carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest region.
To help us raise the funds to buy the Kitlope tenure, we are launching a new peer to peer fundraising platform – so you can fundraise as an individual or as a team online. You can create your own fundraising space to share with friends, family and colleagues and find creative ways of raising money best suited to you. This could look like organizing events, jointly raising a fundraising target with work colleagues or friends , or asking for donations in lieu of birthday gifts. We’ve already seen a Grizzly Wedding, Grizzly chocolate bar and Gio even ran the length of Vancouver Island! We will be sharing more creative ideas in the near future.
All you need to do to get started is set up an account within our CanadaHelps fundraising page, enter your information, add a photo and the reasons why you’re fundraising and set a fundraising goal for yourself. In less than 5 minutes you’ll have a profile and can start getting creative! We are also happy to help with ideas, photography and videos that you can use.
So all that is left is for you to decide how can you best safeguard coastal carnivores?
Another way you can help us end commercial trophy hunting
To help us raise the funds to buy the Kitlope tenure, we have launched our peer to peer fundraising platform – a new way that our supporters can fundraise as an individual or in a team online.
Individuals or groups can make a fundraising profile and find creative ways to raise money. In the past people have organized events, had bake sales, donated profits from their businesses, asked for donations in lieu of birthday gifts and more!
To get started set up an account within our CanadaHelps fundraising page. Enter your information, add a photo and the reasons why you’re fundraising and set a fundraising goal for yourself. In less than 5 minutes you’ll have a profile and can start getting creative to protect coastal carnivores.
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