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SkeenaWild Conservation Trust The Stream: Your Regional Update

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October 2015

Recognize this reach?  Hint:  think Bulkley.  With world class locations like this, the Skeena Watershed offers a lifetime's worth of fishing opportunities and vistas to satisfy any craving.  If it's inspiration you need, read on to learn more about the courageous people who are working to save Skeena salmon, as well as the many creative types who are sharing their Skeena stories with the world.

Lelu Island Update

Sm'oogyet Yahan (Don Wesley Sr.) from Lax Kw'alaams and other family members continue to occupy Lelu Island to stop Petronas from developing a massive LNG facility on their land.  With the support of Skeena communities we stand united in an effort to save Skeena salmon.

Watch our newest video, First Nations Group Re-Occupy Lelu Island to Save Flora Banks - Part 2.

DONATE to the GoFund Me Campaign.

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BC Mining Poll Shows British Columbians Support Mining Reforms

A new poll (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research - read more) comissioned by SkeenaWild and Salmon Beyond Borders shows British Columbians overwhelmingly support reforms to BC's mining laws and regulations - up to 95% of respondents endorse change.

Support for reform was fuelled by significant concerns that current mining laws and practices threaten the province's natural beauty and prized outdoors, and that existing land use priorities, including the Mining Tenure Act, are outdated. 


Get Your Tickets for the SkeenaWild Film and Photo Festival

By the People, For the People.  Outdoor films, Images and stories that capture the wild people, places and things of the Skeena.  The 6th Annual SkeenaWild Film and Photo Contest is coming to a Northwest community near you, and the line up is lookin' HOT!

Dates & Venues:

Nov. 5th - Kitimat - Rod & Gun Club
Nov. 6th - Terrace - REM Lee Theatre
Nov. 19th - Kispiox - Kispiox Valley Hall
Nov. 20th - Smithers - Della Herman Theatre

We are grateful for the generous support we have received from this year's SPONSORS that see the importance of bringing this homegrown show to you.

Bell Media, EZ Rock, CJFW
Aquabatics Smithers
Wendy and Vance Hadley
Skeena River House
Ruins Boardshop Terrace
Yellow Cedar Lodge
Butter Salon
Sherwood Mountain Brewery

Get Your Tickets Today at one of these community outlets.


A Special Evening with Author, Sarah de Leeuw

You are invited to join Sarah de Leeuw and SkeenaWild for a reading and celebration of her new book, Skeena, at the Heritage Park Museum in Terrace on October 16 from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Sarah de Leeuw’s Skeena is a single narrative elegy and celebration for and about BC’s second-longest river.

Sarah has won the 2013 Dorothy Livesay Award for poetry, she has been a two-time recipient of a CBC Literary Award for creative non-fiction, and she won a Western Magazine Gold Award for the best article published in 2014 in British Columbia.

Proceeds from the Silent Auction to benefit SkeenaWild.

More details here.
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Mick Miller, SkeenaWild Ambassador

Meet Mick, SkeenaWild volunteer extraordinaire, fly fisherman and lover of all things Skeena. Here's Mick's story:  

"I grew up fishing on the Skeena River. I started gear fishing when I was a young lad, sitting in a fold-up chair for hours waiting for the tip of my rod to dance and signal a strike. One time, something big hit my trout rod and when I grabbed it, I fell into the river.

Fast forward two decades, and now I am addicted to fly fishing with a single-handed and double-handed rod. I enjoy fishing for trout, coho, sockeye, and the o’mighty steelhead. I love to fish. However, most people don’t recognize or know I have a condition and how it impacts me mentally and physically."  CONTINUE READING.


The Great SkeenaWild Getaway Contest Announces Winner

This year 450 + people entered our contest for a chance to win a trip for two to Vancouver from any of Hawkair's destinations.  Drum roll please ... our lucky winner is Lisa Hanna of Terrace.  Huge thanks to Hawkair for their generous donation and to all the local businesses who helped us to collect the entries.


Apres Skeena Fundraiser a Great Success

We're thrilled to announce that this year's fundraiser in the Bulkley Valley brought in $45,000 thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, donors and event participants.  The money will go towards protecting the Skeena River estuary from development thatcould destroy some of Canada's most critical juvenile salmon habitat.

We are so grateful and humbled by such support and generosity - we filled Glenwood Hall in beautiful Driftwood with locals and people visiting the area from near and far. Huge shout outs to all our amazing sponsors - we rocked the live and silent auctions! To Jack Stanford for your amazing presentation and April Vokey for rockin' the mike! Huge thanks to Steelhead Valhalla, Suskeena Lodge and the Lower Dean River Lodge for generously matching donations and to our dedicated crew of volunteers, organizers, Friends of Morice-Bulkley and friends of SkeenaWild.  And of course the kitchen angels for our delicious food, Sherwood Mountain Brewery for fine ale, and Tinhorn Creek Vineyards for their perfect wine.


Lelu Island Prize

Northwest BC poets, Josh Massey, Nikki Castle, and Norma Kerby top the list of this year’s Lelu Island Poetry Prize; Northern BC’s newest, and most lucrative, literary prize.

The prize purse of 500 dollars will be split between the top three poets with the lion’s share of the winnings going to the top entry.

Josh Massey’s piece, Counterfactual Epiphanies, was chosen by the 4 judge panel as the winning poem.  Massey is a writer living in Terrace, BC. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Plotline Bomber of Innisfree, and also, We Will All Be Trees.

He believes that Lelu Island is a poor location for a major liquefied natural gas export terminal, considering that other possible locations exist. The use of renewable energy to power the cooling systems at these plants should also be mandatory.

For more information, contact the Lelu Island Poetry Prize Administrator, Chris Gee


Volunteer Power

There are many opportunities available at SkeenaWild for volunteers: community events, science and research, carpentry at the headquarters.  Get involved with our network and we'll put your skills to good use.  Just ask Sheila McNeil or Elissa Sweeney-Bergen ~ Sheila helped us with office administration, and Elissa provided strong science support.  Thanks for all your hard work and dedication ladies; we deeply appreciate it!

Click here to make a difference and volunteer today.  


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