After the Groundswell

A celebration of Heiltsuk stewardship, community resilience, and surf.

In 2012, the risk of a catastrophic oil spill from Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline posed a threat to the Central Coast of BC, and the people and species that have called it home for millenia. When a group of surfers set sail towards a region full of life, beauty, and a rich history and presence of Indigenous stewardship, the team experienced not only waves, but also what might be lost if the pipeline proceeded.

A decade later, we revisit the ultimately-successful campaign by coastal Indigenous communities and their allies against the since-canceled Northern Gateway Pipeline.  We do so with a retrospective lens: what lessons have we learned about community mobilization and taking a stand? 

Surfer surfing a wave in front of Raincoast's research vessel Achiever.
Photo by Jeremy Koreski.
Salmon under water with trees in the background.
Photo by Jeremy Koreski.

Available online soon

After the Groundswell will be available for free online soon!