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Clayoquot Salmon Festival X The Festival of What Works

Clayoquot Salmon Festival X The Festival of What Works

Salmon play an integral role for coastal livelihoods, cultures, and ecosystems on the west coast. And they lead incredible lives, starting in freshwater then migrating to the ocean. Celebrating the backbone of the west coast is what inspires Friends of Clayoquot Sound to organize the annual Clayoquot Salmon Festival based out of Tofino. With COVID remaining an issue, Friends of Clayoquot Sound are taking the 2021 Clayoquot Salmon Festival online once again. For a second year in a row, the...

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Canada Commits $2.3 Billion to 25% Protection by 2025: Funding for Indigenous Protected Areas is Necessary

The Government of Canada has committed to conserving 25% of lands and 25% of oceans in Canada by 2025. In the 2021 Federal Budget, Canada committed $2.3 billion to conserve up to 1 million square kilometers more land and inland waters -- including through Indigenous Protected Areas and national wildlife areas -- to achieve Canada’s target. If divided amongst the provinces and territories, BC’s portion of the funding would be between $200 and $300 million. Instead of subsidizing controversial...

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Solutions Exist for Permanent Protection of Ancient Forests

Solutions Exist for Permanent Protection of Ancient Forests

What started as a fight to protect the Fairy Creek headwaters has expanded into a fight to protect the last 2.7% of old growth, with numerous active, mobile blockades preventing logging. By mid-June, with more than 200 people arrested within BC Premier Horgan’s own riding protecting the very trees Horgan had promised to, the government deferred some of the old growth logging areas, at the request of the Pacheedaht, Ditidaht and Huu-ay-aht First Nations. However, this deferral is only for 2000...

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Collaborative DFO Study Confirms PRV Salmon Virus Spread From Salmon Farms

Collaborative DFO Study Confirms PRV Salmon Virus Spread From Salmon Farms

Piscine orthoreovirus (PRV) – which is associated with lethal kidney and liver damage in Chinook salmon – is continually being transmitted between open-net salmon farms and wild juvenile Chinook salmon in British Columbia waters, according to a new genomics analysis. The collaborative study from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Strategic Salmon Health Initiative (SSHI) — a partnership between Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Genome BC and the Pacific Salmon Foundation —...

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95% Reduction of Sea Lice on Wild Salmon Following Removal of Salmon Farms

95% Reduction of Sea Lice on Wild Salmon Following Removal of Salmon Farms

“Following Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan’s December 17, 2020 decision to prohibit restocking of 19 fish farms in the Discovery Islands, this spring’s out-migration of juvenile salmon are the first to swim through a fish farm-free Okisollo Channel in over 25 years and we’re seeing extraordinary results. The number of sea lice infecting juvenile wild salmon in Okisollo Channel has declined by 95% between 2020 and 2021. We are beyond excited to report that most of the young salmon look...

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Banking on a Better Future?

Banking on a Better Future?

The big 5 Canadian banks have provided $700 BILLION in fossil fuel financing through loans and investments since 2016, while globally we are set to burn 50% more fossil fuels than is consistent with staying below 2 degrees warming. But our banks continue to finance fossil fuel expansion. Without enormous loans from banks, (as well as support from big insurance firms) the projects would not be possible. This is why we demand the banks divest from fossil fuels and stop enabling fossil fuel...

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Climate Change Driving Health Costs and Inequities

Climate Change Driving Health Costs and Inequities

As the world takes stock of how the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the most vulnerable, a new report from the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices warns that climate change will similarly worsen health inequities and significantly increase costs to Canada’s health system and economy without bold government action. The researchers project the health costs of climate change in Canada to be over $250 billion by 2100. Canada remains the largest per capita public financer of fossil fuels,...

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3rd Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Member Shot by RCMP in 1 Year!?!

3rd Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Member Shot by RCMP in 1 Year!?!

We are all hurting from the shooting of a Tla-o-qui-aht mother by the RCMP who survived in a coma on the Mothers’ Day weekend. This was the third shooting by the RCMP of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation members in the last year -- including Chantel Moore and Julian Jones who were shot to death by the RCMP. Each shooting incident is absolutely unacceptable. Chief Moses Martin of Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation communicated in a statement “Our community and our families are completely devastated. The woman...

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Make Throwaway Go Away…

When we are asked “paper or plastic” that choice involves poisoning oceans with oil-based plastics or devastating forests. We have a better choice. It’s time to move beyond single use paper and plastics to reusable and zero-water systems -- and make throwaway go away. “Single use items are quite literally destroying oceans and forests,” said Jeh Custerra, Friends of Clayoquot Sound Campaigner. “It’s time that all levels of government stepped in to end the age of single use for the good of the...

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Ocean Restoration within a Generation: What’s Possible by 2050

A scientific review of the world’s oceans published in the scientific journal Nature concluded that the world’s oceans can be restored within a generation. Through rampant overfishing, pollution and coastal destruction, humanity has inflicted severe damage on the oceans and its inhabitants for centuries. But conservation successes, while still isolated, demonstrate the remarkable resilience of the seas. The scientists say there is now the knowledge to create an ocean renaissance for wildlife...

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Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones vs. Teal Jones Logging

In the weeks before the BC Government’s announcement, Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones released an official letter of invitation to Indigenous and non-Indigenous forest defenders to unite on his territory to defend the ancestral rainforests of his family -- the unlogged Ada’itsx / Fairy Creek headwaters. His invitation followed the discovery of logging road construction by a subcontractor of Teal Jones. At that time, Friends of Clayoquot Sound and BC EcoNews joined the Rainforest Flying Squad...

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Confronting the BC Government’s “Talk & Log” Conflict of Interest

Confronting the BC Government’s “Talk & Log” Conflict of Interest

Last fall, prior to the election, the BC Government announced logging would be deferred [paused] for over 350,000 hectares of forests provincially, including 260,000 hectares in Clayoquot Sound. The logging deferral, a first in colonial history, signaled that the BC NDP were beginning to respond to the most actionable recommendations of the Old Growth Strategic Review expert panel: to commit to partnering with Indigenous Nations, and to defer old growth logging at risk of irreversible loss. In...

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Forest Defenders Converge to Protect Old Growth: Only 2.7% Remaining on Vancouver Island

Forest Defenders Converge to Protect Old Growth: Only 2.7% Remaining on Vancouver Island

Since re-election of the BC NDP in 2020, the war in the woods has reignited. What’s happening at the Fairy Creek Blockades is near deja vu of the Clayoquot Blockades that Friends of Clayoquot Sound organized in 1993, where over 900 people were arrested protecting the ancient rainforests of Clayoquot Sound. Similarly, thousands of people are mobilizing to protect the old-growth trees on Vancouver Island. With over 200 arrested for defending the endangered old-growth ecosystems around the Fairy...

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Protect Old Growth Forest Solidarity Rally in Tofino!

Protect Old Growth Forest Solidarity Rally in Tofino!

Thanks to all the speakers, performers, and participants at the Protect Old Growth Forests solidarity rally!! Clayoquot Sound has a strong legacy and community of forest defenders! On Sunday, June 13, 2021, about 150 people came together in Tofino for a time of community building, performance, and holding space in solidarity with forest defenders across Vancouver Island and around the world. Only 2.7% of big tree old-growth forests are still surviving in B.C. And if nothing changes, they'll be...

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Summer 2021 Newsletter OUT NOW!

Summer 2021 Newsletter OUT NOW!

The FOCS Summer 2021 Newsletter is out with an in-depth look at the major issues in Clayoquot Sound and the work we have been doing over the last several months, including updates on our campaigns. 3rd Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Member Shot by RCMP in 1 Year!?! Climate Change Driving Health Costs and Inequities DFO Study Confirms PRV SalmonVirus Spread From Salmon Farms Ocean Restoration by 2050

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