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Enbridge or a new indigenous economy?

July 17, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Tribal Journeys is an annual canoe gathering of First Nations on the Pacific coast. Paddlers travel for weeks in traditional canoes to a host community and spend a week sharing food, tradition and culture. This year, the gathering is in the Heiltsuk community of Bella Bella. (Credit: Kris Krüg)

By: Anu Rao, Senior Specialist, Marine Planning

This small community is buzzing with life. Day two of the Tribal Journeys gathering starts with men and women, elders and youth of all Nations dancing to pop music on the soccer field where the week's cultural sharing takes place. The MC calls on them to get moving, to wake up the ancestors.

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Pulling together: The Tribal Journeys gathering in Bella Bella

July 15, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Nations from Alaska, Oregon, Washington and all along the B.C. coast have arrived, and one by one, they request permission from the hosts, the Heiltsuk First Nation, to land in their territory just as their ancestors would have done. (Credit: Kris Krüg)

By: Anu Rao, Senior Specialist, marine planning

The fog lifted, the sun came out over the hills and 50 traditional canoes arrived in the small First Nations community of Bella Bella on B.C.'s central coast.

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Think twice before hooking a chinook

July 3, 2014 | Leave a comment
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(Credit: NOAA Fisheries West Coast via Flicker)

By Jeffery Young, Senior science and policy analyst

If you fish recreationally, help chinook this summer by bypassing them for other salmon species.

Chinook are the biggest Pacific salmon — the B.C. record carrier weighed a whopping 57 kilograms! They're also the cornerstone of recreational, commercial and First Nations fisheries. A good chunk of the almost $1 billion of economic activity from recreational fishing comes from anglers looking to hook a big one, and industry depends on the strength of wild chinook returns. But some stocks central to southern B.C. fisheries aren't doing very well.

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Pacific Underwater: Marbled murrelet chicks hatch in June

June 25, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Adult marbled murrelet in breeding plumage engaging in courtship display (Credit: Jenna Craig)

By Kat Middleton, Western Region Science and Policy Intern

Throughout spring and early summer, thousands of chunky little Pacific seabirds blast through British Columbia's old growth forests at speeds up to 150 kilometres per hour, heading out to gorge on ocean seafood. After wintering far offshore, marbled murrelets (biologists call them MAMUs) return to B.C. coastal inlets every spring, following their favourite prey: juvenile Pacific herring and sand lance.

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Don't let our school mascot disappear

June 24, 2014 | Leave a comment
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Students of Science 7 at Pender Harbour Elementary-Secondary, with teacher Mr. Walls, explore nearby streams.

By Theresa Beer, Communications Specialist

Mr. Walls' Science 7 class at Pender Harbour Elementary-Secondary School on B.C.'s Sunshine Coast is getting a first-hand lesson in standing up for something they believe in.

During field studies, students learned their school mascot—the genetically unique Sakinaw salmon, designated endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada and the last sockeye run in Georgia Strait—are at risk of extinction. In 2003, only one fish returned to Sakinaw Lake to spawn.

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