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Coastal Insights: Eyes on the Coast (Season 2)

Join Raincoast for season 2 of our Coastal Insights online learning series. This season, we are collaborating with our First Nations partners to bring you a new and fascinating online learning experience that takes a “two eyed seeing” approach to understanding British Columbia’s coast and conservation challenges weaving together the strengths of Indigenous and Western knowledge systems to understand nature.

Each month, we will host two live and interactive virtual programs for students that will bring science, stories, culture, and conservation through virtual lessons and spotlight interviews with some of the coast’s leading experts and inspiring young leaders. 

Themes include combining different types of knowledge, coastal ecology, Indigenous resource management practices, biodiversity, conservation, and more. The program’s content supports BC’s curriculum in the areas of science, social studies and geography and is geared towards grade 4-12.

There are two ways to join us

  1. Register to watch live stream lessons via our Raincoast Facebook and Youtube page. We will send you the link to join us 1 day before the lesson.
  1. Reserve a class camera spot for your group to appear live in the lesson and interact directly with our speakers. Each lesson will have 3-5 spots available for classroom reservation.

Can’t make a live session? Watch recorded sessions at any time through this page or our Youtube.

Register to watch live and, if you can’t make it live, get the recordings.

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If you’re a teacher, sign up for a limited opportunity to register your classroom as a live on camera participant. To provide opportunities for multiple classes and groups to join on camera, please limit your selection to ONE session to start.

#1: Lesson – Welcome to the Salish Sea

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
1:00 pm Pacific
Live on camera available spots: 0


Peter Underwood
Maureen Vo

Join us on an adventure to explore the Salish Sea, one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest inland seas. Hosts and conservationists Maureen Vo and Peter Underwood will take you on an exciting journey into the region’s rich biodiversity using different lenses to examine Indigenous culture and conservation issues in and around the Salish Sea. 

Teacher resources (PDF)

#2: Spotlight: Why Blending Indigenous and Western Knowledge systems is vital to inform and fuel conservation

The salmon song is sung by drum and on Sto:lo land.
Elder T’it’elem Spath, Eddie Gardner, a member of Skwah First Nation. Photo by Michael O. Snyder.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
1:00 pm Pacific
Live on camera available spots: 0

Feature guests

Albert Marshall (Elder and Honorary Doctorate of the Mi’kmaq Nation)
Andrea Jane Reid (Assistant Professor of Indigenous Fisheries Science at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries)

Indigenous knowledge has existed and sustained the ecosystems on the coast of British Columbia for millennia. Drawing upon multiple types of knowledge (e.g. Indigenous Knowledge, local-knowledge, science-based knowledge) can strengthen understanding of the past, predict the future of systems and improve conservation and resource management. Join as we visit with the creator of the “two-eyed seeing”  concept and examine how this concept is being used by local scientists in contemporary conservation science.

#3: Lesson: Salmon as a keystone species on the coast

A school of red salmon are visible underwater with a beach and forest in the background.
Photo by Fernando Lessa.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
1:00 pm Pacific
Available spots: 1

Salmon are an icon of coastal BC and considered a keystone species, meaning they play a disproportionate role in our ecosystems with many species relying on them. As an essential food and nutrient source, salmon populations are critical to maintaining biodiversity, economies and culture on the coast of BC. At the moment, many salmon populations are in crisis and they need our help now more than ever. Join us as we take a look at the pivotal role salmon play in our world while considering the challenges to the long-term resilience of salmon populations.

#4: Spotlight: Harvesting techniques and technologies: past, present and future

A bee hovers over a purple flower harvesting pollen.
Photo by Alex Harris / Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
1:00 pm Pacific
Live on camera available spots: 4

Harvesting activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping and gathering wild plants have been part of Indigenous peoples’ ways of living for millennia. Indigenous Harvesting methods and practices have successfully sustained these systems for millennia. This spotlight will take a closer look at some of the technologies and techniques used and how they can inform us about key ecological concepts and species conservation while providing a framework for sustainable resource management.

#5: Lesson: Protecting our coast: Conservation in action

A youth participant of the Salish Sea Emerging Stewardship program has a solo sit at Monarch head for reflection and mindfulness.
Photo by Nathaniel Glickman.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021
1:00 pm Pacific
Live on camera available spots: 4

BC’s coast holds enormous ecological, cultural and economical significance for wildlife, their habitats, and the communities throughout its range and beyond. Protecting these ecosystems is vital to the survival and livelihood of future generations. Join us as we look at key conservation issues facing wildlife and their habitat along BC’s coast. The lesson will also discuss how we can take action to protect and sustain the Salish Sea.

#6: Spotlight: Guardians of the Coast: The next generation of stewards

Youth and emerging stewards stand along the bow of Achiever.
Photo by Mike Morash.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
1:00 pm Pacific
Live on camera available spots: 4

Youth all over the world are increasingly stepping up and voicing their concerns about the urgent need to address anthropogenic impacts in nature. In this session, we will be joined by some of the inspiring young leaders who are taking action in their communities to sustain and protect the coast. 

Season 1

Coastal insights, Season 1