Take a Stand Conservation of our coastlines, rainforests, and coastal communities is at my core. There are several ways our partners, guests, and myself have taken a stand to protect our environment and people. They include the Standup4Greatbear Expedition and film, Take A Stand: Youth for Conservation educational program, sponsored products and donations from our partners, the award winning STAND film, speaking engagements, and through the sale of Stand and Standup4Greatbear Expedition Merchandise.
The Standup4Greatbear Expedition
In May 2010 I, along with sea kayaker Brian Huntington of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, stand up paddled the proposed Enbridge oil tanker route through the Great Bear Rainforest from the north coast Haisla community of Kitimaat, south 400 km to the Heiltsuk village of Bella Bella. My goal was to bring awareness to the threat of these tankers to the wildlife and pristine marine ecosystems of the Great Bear and to highlight the traditional food harvesting areas of the coastal First Nation’s communities along the route. It was a spectacular and moving experience for Brian and I and the experience left us more inspired about the sacredness of our coastline. We were supported and guided by each nation, whose territory we were travelling through. We visited my adopted community of Hartley Bay and travelled to the Kitasoo village of Klemtu along some of the most biologically rich shorelines in the world. We paddled with Killer Whales and Humpbacks and were shown culturally significant areas including burial sites, petroglyphs and pictographs. From this expedition the Standup4Greatbear Society was born.
Watch the StandUp4GreatBear documentary here.
The Society also supports environmental, educational and youth-related projects in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Our goal is to continue to build awareness and respect for this special area so that future generations will experience the place as those who have come before.
The mission of the Standup4Greatbear Society is to promote the education, awareness and protection of the Great Bear Rainforest and the Great Bear Sea through speaking engagements, school presentations and ongoing conservation expeditions.
For more information on school programs visit Take a Stand for Conservation