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
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. Click the image to download (PDF, 1.3MB). 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