Clayoquot Sound . . . Keep it Wild!
The health of the global environment depends on intact ecosystems.
We act as peaceful and courageous advocates for all marine and terrestrial life in Clayoquot Sound. »Read More
Friends of Clayoquot Sound is seeking a motivated and energetic student to join the team from June to the end of August. This student will play a key role in supporting the planning and organizing various events and activities including the “Trail Building with Friends” project and the Clayoquot Salmon Festival. The position presents a unique opportunity to learn about the various strategies used to promote a healthy relationship with the environment in Clayoquot Sound.» Read More
25 International Environmental Organizations Call for Urgent Action for Vancouver Island’s Rainforest and Communities
Twenty-five international environmental organizations are calling for immediate action to protect and restore Vancouver Island’s endangered old-growth rainforest and its species diversity, carbon storage and benefits for a diverse economy including forestry, tourism and wild salmon in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities on Canada’s west coast.» Read More
Tsimka Martin and Gisele Martin wrote the following statement on behalf of the Tla-o-qui-aht Initiative for Interconnected Community Health. “All remaining old-growth forest in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory must be permanently protected from any industrial logging.”» Read More
Do you enjoy comic documentaries about pressing current events? This latest Yes Men film documents activist-pranksters doing outrageous stunts designed to draw awareness to climate change. The latest film by the Yes Men will play as part of the Tofino Film Festival on Friday, February 17th, 7 pm in the Clayoquot Sound Theatre.» Read More
The Ahousaht Hawiih (hereditary chiefs) publicly announced their nation’s new comprehensive Land Use Vision for their territory, which sits within the heart of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Representatives of the Clayoquot Sound Conservation Alliance (CSCA) (comprised of Greenpeace, Friends of Clayoquot Sound, Sierra Club BC, STAND.earth and Wilderness Committee) were present to support and congratulate the Hawiih for this initiative.» Read More
Tofino, Clayoquot Sound – The approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline by Prime Minister Trudeau breaks his commitments to Indigenous rights, while declaring a war on the climate and coastal ecosystems. The Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker project would release 100 million tonnes of carbon annually, negating climate commitments of the Liberal government. The pipeline would also bring another 400 tankers a year, putting communities and ecosystems at much greater risk of catastrophic oil spills.» Read More
The fall/winter 2016 edition of our twice-yearly newsletter is out. Articles include:
-A promise of environmental protection: Welcoming home Weeping Cedar Woman
-Clayoquot Salmon Festival Wrap Up
-Warriors for Yaakswiis
-Tla-o-qui-aht members seek alternative to colonial logging systems
Plus updates on our campaigns, and action items for you to take forward. Take a read and please share!
Over 300 people joined Friends of Clayoquot Sound at the Clayoquot Salmon Festival to celebrate the return of wild salmon to the Pacific Northwest. From October 12th to the 19th, the Festival provided residents and visitors with the opportunity to reflect upon, and build an active appreciation for, the irreplaceable value of salmon in Clayoquot Sound.» Read More
Salmon play an integral role for coastal livelihoods, cultures, and ecosystems in Clayoquot Sound. And they lead incredible lives, starting in fresh water then migrating to the ocean. Salmon stay at sea for years before their homing instincts guide them back, to the fresh water systems they were conceived in, to reproduce. Celebrating this magnificent species is what inspires Friends of Clayoquot Sound to organise the annual Clayoquot Salmon Festival!» Read More
Our latest newsletter is now available online and on paper all around Vancouver Island and BC. Click the “Read more” link to view the newsletter from the comfort of your home!» Read More
join us at the Friends Of
Clayoquot Sound AGM:
Wednesday August 24 – 7:30 to 8:30 pm
CBT Office 316 Main Street Tofino,BC
All Welcome!» Read More
Earth Keepers: Youth Arts Engagement Program is a pilot project created by Friends Of Clayoquot Sound that engages local youth (13-21) from Tofino, Opitsaht, Esowista, and Ty-Histanis in the creation of artistic projects aimed at building youth leadership, artistic voice, environmental stewardship, and regional connectedness.» Read More
Please join me in welcoming Kalilah Rampanen to the FOCS team as our new summer student and the Earth Keepers Organizer! Kalilah’s heritage stems from Ahousaht, Tla-o-qui-aht, Cree and Finnish ancestry. She is an established musician, songwriter and performer that is actively involved with raising awareness about Indigenous rights, way of life and the environment. She will be leading the Earth Keepers: Youth Arts Engagement Project» Read More
On Friday May 27th, 2016 Imperial Metal shareholders gambled and lost, by holding their annual general meeting at the River Rock Casino in Richmond BC. The Imperial Metals CEO, shareholders, and executives were confronted at their AGM by the Imperial No More activist network of Indigenous land defenders and allies. With representation from the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society, No One Is Illegal, Mining Justice Alliance, and Friends of Clayoquot Sound, Imperial No More rallied took action at the River Rock Casino Conference Centre to hold Imperial Metals accountable for the company’s continuing disrespect for Indigenous rights and ongoing environmental destruction.» Read More
After launching in Victoria B.C. the expedition will end in Juneau, Alaska, journeying a distance of more than 2,000 kilometers. Following the migration routes of wild salmon, the expedition is taking place from early April to August of 2016. Simon Behman leads the expedition from Victoria, BC to the finale in Glacier Bay, Alaska. “I want to give back to the coast that has given me so much by fundraising for salmon conservation for Friends of Clayoquot Sound, educating through social media, and engaging communities along the way about the importance of salmon,” said Behman.
The Wild Salmon Paddle is an example of the commitment needed to protect the irreplaceable value of wild salmon. The funds raised will support the Friends of Clayoquot Sound organizing the Clayoquot Salmon Festival, participating in the Clayoquot Sound Salmon Roundtable, and contributing to salmon conservation efforts. To donate to this initiative please follow this Link.» Read More
The sea kayaking expedition will cover a distance of more than 2000 kilometres, following the migration routes of wild salmon. Simon Behman will lead the expedition from Victoria, BC to the finale in Juneau, Alaska in July. The expedition’s main goal is fundraising for salmon conservation, promoting public education on the issues facing wild salmon, and engaging communities along the way in the topic. The funds raised will support the Clayoquot Salmon Festival and wild salmon conservation efforts of Friends of Clayoquot Sound.» Read More
Resistance to carbon intensive projects begins at the community level but must also be felt in the corridors of power where there is institutional inertia to change. For example, the National Energy Board (NEB) is supposed to be a legal body of the Government of Canada that considers evidence on proposed oil and gas pipelines and then decide if the project in the “public interest.” Yet, the NEB approves almost every project.» Read More
In Clayoquot Sound, there have also been some real victories in the past months. Leadership from both the Hesquiaht Nation and the Ahousaht Nation have announced bans on industrial logging in their territories. These moratoriums, protecting the forests, are hugely significant for ecosystem health and climate action.» Read More
Our latest newsletter is now available online (in colour!) and on paper around Tofino and BC. This bi-annual issue includes articles on:
> Ahousaht salmon farm eviction
> Is BC a climate leader or laggard?
> Hesquiaht say NO to logging
> Transition Town movement in Tofino-Ucluelet
Stunning news! Today the Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society issued a press release announcing an end to industrial logging on Ahousaht territory. Here’s the historic release, plus a congratulatory reaction from the Clayoquot Sound Conservation Alliance.» Read More
At least 25 tonnes of farmed Atlantic salmon died in a 24-hour period last week, at the company’s Mussel Rock farm site in Clayoquot Sound. The company cites an unseasonable algae bloom for the sudden demise.» Read More
The newest salmon farm in Clayoquot Sound–Yaakswiis–had a life span of only two weeks, and never saw any fish before grassroots Ahousaht protesters forced its removal by its owner, Cermaq. This marks a first in BC and the world.» Read More