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SkeenaWild Conservation Trust The Stream: Your Regional Update

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January 2016

Happy New Year!  How will you help to protect Skeena salmon and steelhead in 2016? Do you want to amp up your involvement with conservation efforts? Learn more about the science on ecological impacts of industrial development? Volunteer and make a difference?  Whatever your resolution, we've got the resources and information that can help get you there.  Let's stand tall together. Read on. 

Salmon Nation Summit

You are invited to a conference that Friends of Wild Salmon is sponsoring in January: Salmon Nation Summit – Defending the Skeena Estuary. It will be held in Prince Rupert at the Highliner Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre on January 22 and 23.

We're sure you are aware of the Petronas project Pacific NorthWest LNG and the proposal to build a LNG terminal on Lelu Island in the Skeena estuary. In 2015, Lax Kw'alaams people voted to turn down a $1.14 billion benefit agreement offer due to concerns over impacts to salmon. Since August, Lax’Kw’alaams Hereditary Chiefs have led an occupation of Lelu Island, which is part of their ancestral territory. We want to show support for First Nation leaders as well as provide more information on the issue.

The first day will focus on the science of what is known about the impacts of the Petronas project on the ecology of the area and the risks to Skeena wild salmon. The second day will cover political, economic, and legal issues related to the project as well as include statements from Skeena First Nations leaders.

We look forward to seeing you at the Salmon Nation Summit.


The Russians are Coming

On the east coast of Russia, on Sakhalin Island, a large LNG plant was built about 10 years ago and has since had major impacts on their salmon populations.  Three scientists/researchers from Russian academic Institutions will be visiting the Skeena in February to tell their story.  We will keep you posted on event dates. Stay tuned.


SWFF Tour Continues in 2016

Each year the SWFF tour sparks new ideas and challenges which ultimately help us to learn, grow and transform.  Overall, we received glowing reviews on the high calibre of films and photos which were geared to outdoor adventure, natural beauty, Northern culture and fun.  

This year, the film fest will travel to schools throughout the Northwest, as well as, Haida Gwaii, Prince George, Victoria, Prince Rupert, the Sunshine Coast and Cochrane, Alberta for the Best of the Fest.  Kind and supportive volunteers will host and facilitate these shows for their audiences.

Photo:  Talon Gillis, Runner-up Wild People Category SWFF 2015


Get Involved

We rely on your support and are continually grateful for the dedication and generosidy to people like you who care about the Skeena Watershed and answer the call to get involved.  Wishing you and yours a healthy and happy new year.

Donate Here.  Volunteer Here.

Photo:  Brandon Broderick, Winner Wild Things Category SWFF 2015


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