Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition: Working together to protect our landscape and lifestyle

About Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition

Call on Government for a Strategic Environmental Assessment for LNG Proposals

There are numerous large-scaled, liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects proposed for northern British Columbia. A Strategic Environmental Assessment is necessary to determine whether these developments are in the public interest. (Click here for the backgrounder information document and legal acts the Government should be conducting)

Dear Ministers,

We are requesting a joint federal regional study and a provincial Strategic Environmental Assessment for LNG projects being proposed in northwest B.C. The current situation of a dozen proposed LNG plants and market access pipelines is not conducive to the environmental assessment purposes or the public interest.

This petition will be sent to:

Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada Minister of the Environment
Honourable Mary Polak, BC Minister of Environment
Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia
Prime Minister Steven Harper

 

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Thank you so much for taking the time to sign the petition!

We need engaged people like you RIGHT now more than ever!

What Can You Do?

Stand up for salmon, your children and your grandchildren:

1) Inform your friends and community - send them the link to this page

2) Write to your MLA

3) Bring our LNG 101 presentation to your community or contact Dana directly.

4) Support SWCC by donating - if you can

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What Can YOU do to Stand Up Against Fortune Minerals and Help Protect the Sacred Headwaters?

The Tahltan Call on all Sacred Headwaters Supporters to Stand Against Fortune Minerals RIGHT NOW!

Fortune Minerals Given 24 hours to leave Sacred Headwaters and their proposed coal mine on Mount Klappan.

Fortune's history in the Klappan shows they likely won't leave, RCMP & a company representative are on their way into the headwaters to meet with Tahltan Elders and community members.

Here are FOUR things you can do to support SWCC and the Tahltan in permanently protecting the Sacred Headwaters - birthplace of the Stikine, Skeena and Nass watersheds, 3 of our greatest wild salmon rivers!!

1.) Sign the petition that nicely says - GET THE HELL OUT OF THE SACRED HEADWATERS!

2.) Get all your friends to sign the petition! Email and share on Facebook and  Twitter!

3.) Send a message that we can read on your behalf to the Tahltan at their camp in the Sacred Headwaters.

4.) Donate to SWCC to help support the permanent protection of the Sacred Headwaters.

 

FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SHANNON MCPHAIL:

The mountain you see behind the Tahltan in the photo above is Mt. Klappan and it sits alongside the Spatsizi Wilderness Plateau in the heart of the Sacred Headwaters - known to Fortune Minerals as their "Arctos Anthracite proposal for a mountain crumbling open pit coal mine.

Late last night several members of the Tahltan nation gave a 24 hour eviction notice to Fortune Minerals. The Tahltan Nation collaborated with downstream residents and organizations like SWCC to oppose Shell’s proposed coalbed methane plans while Fortune waited quietly in the background. We didn’t fight Shell for ten years so a coal company could build a huge open pit mine on our sacred mountain! Read the Press Release.

You can read full details from our witnesses who were right there with the elders or watch some raw footage of the eviction and the Tahltan traditional camp at the base of Mt. Klappan.  This happens to be the very camp Fortune Minerals wants to use as their rock pit.
 

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Sign the Petition on Fortune Minerals

SIGN THE PETITION IN SUPPORT OF PROTECTING THE SACRED HEADWATERS

Thank you so much for all your support and efforts to protect our land, waterways, environment and the many jobs and lifestyles people and the wildlife depend upon.

Fortune Minerals know they are in trouble with the overwhelming support for long-term protection of the Sacred Headwaters.  The Outdoor Research Council cited it as the most endangered river in BC. Internationally, the acclaimed film-maker Edward Burtynsky showcased water issues around the world and used the Sacred Headwaters and Stikine as the example of one of the few places left where water hasn't been left toxic by industrial activity in his film Watermark, still in theatres.

However, we still need your support. It's up to us, the people of BC, the people who live in the Skeena, Stikine and Nass watersheds. Let the BC Government know that you will not stand for anything other than protection of the Sacred Headwaters. Please sign or share this petition.

Be Proactive! Take Action Now!! Email this link to 3 friends now!

 

PETITION: I support the Tahltan First Nation in permanently protecting the Sacred Headwaters from Industrial Development.  I strongly urge Fortune Minerals and Atrum Coal to abandon their tenures for their proposed coal mines.  I also strongly urge CN Rail to abandon it's plans for a railway into the Sacred Headwaters.  I call upon the government of British Columbia to formally protect the Sacred Headwaters from all industrial development including the above mentioned companies.

This petition will be sent to:

  • Hon. Christy Clarke, Premier of British Columbia
  • Hon. Bill Bennet, Minister of Energy and Mines
  • Hon. John Rustad, Minister of Aboriginal Relationships and Reconcilliation
  • Robin Goad, President & CEO of Fortune Minerals Limited
  • Karen Christie, Executive Project Director, Arctos Anthracite Project, Environment Assessment Office
  • Troy Nazarewicz, Investor Relations Manager, Fortune Minerals Limited
  • Claude Mongeau, President & CEO, Canadian National Railway Company

 

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Thank you so much for taking the time to sign the petition!

We need engaged people like you RIGHT now more than ever! 

Here are the OTHER things you can do to support SWCC and the Tahltan in permanently protecting the Sacred Headwaters - birthplace of the Stikine, Skeena and Nass watersheds, 3 of our greatest wild salmon rivers!!

1)  Tell your friends to sign the petition that nicely says - GET THE HELL OUT OF THE SACRED HEADWATERS! (Share Facebook and Twitter!)

2)  Donate to SWCC to help support the permanent protection of the Sacred Headwaters.

You can also keep informed on facebook by visiting our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/skeenawatershed and following us on twitter @SkeenaWatershed

Your interest and support for a sustainable Skeena Watershed will keep our rivers thriving for generations to come!

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Sign up for SWCC’s Email Newsletter

Interested in signing up for our e-newsletter? Awesome! This way we can keep you up to date on our kick-ass campaigns, projects, activities and events.

We will add you to our mailing list and you will receive an e-newsletter every couple of months letting you know what's happening in the watershed as well as any big event or campaign alerts.

Sign up now!

You can also keep in touch with us on facebook by visiting our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/skeenawatershed and following us on twitter @SkeenaWatershed

Your interest and support for a sustainable Skeena Watershed will keep our rivers thriving for generations to come!

If you would like to become a SWCC supporter it is now easy peasy to donate to us online. Learn more by checking out our donation page HERE!

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Volunteer with SWCC

Do you have mad skills? We Want You!

There is always so much going on at SWCC and we are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand. However, volunteering at SWCC is about you too. Our goal is that our volunteers have fun working with us and get something valuable out of the experience too. Deciding where you want to put your time and energy is the first step to an ass kicking SWCC volunteer experience!

SWCC has tons of awesome opportunities for volunteers including:

  • Youth on Water and Women on Water programs
  • Events and Fundraising 
  • Expedition and Fieldwork
  • Research
  • Campaigning

 If you have other skills you are able to provide on a voluntary basis, or ideas about an event or something that you think needs to happen in our communities – let us know!

Sign up to volunteer with us!

 

 






Damned right I want to volunteer with you guys!:  

Volunteer Area of Interest:

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Meet our Volunteer Co-ordinator: Dana Hibbard

Dana Hibbard is our wonderful Events Volunteer Coordinator. Dana will not only be working hard to bring to you more kickass events and activities this year, she is also going to be looking after all you lovely volunteers.

My first experience with SWCC was as a volunteer.  Whether it was a film night, a fundraising dance or River day, I always found it was so much fun to be involved. Here at SWCC we are at the cutting edge of making things happen and standing up for the place we love.  You can be a part of this exciting organization in so many ways.  You, the volunteer, are the life of SWCC and we want you to feel like a part of our team.  Call me to chat about the many ways we utilize and appreciate our volunteers.  I can't wait to meet you!" - Dana

Dana is here to help you help us!

Give Dana a call: (250)842-2494
Email Dana: dana@skeenawatershed.com

Drop by and visit Dana at SWCC office in Hazelton

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Make a Donation

The Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition (SWCC) is a grassroots organization staffed by passionate individuals and supported by our local communities, members and volunteers.  Actually – SWCC is YOU!

We’re a hardworking crew with big aspirations and your donation — no matter the size — will help us achieve our goals of educating our community, protecting our watershed and supporting good development projects.

There are two keys ways you can give to SWCC and support our work.  The first step is deciding what work you’d like to support.

Donate directly to SWCC's awesome grassroots work:

Are you interested in supporting SWCC’s grassroots conservation activities? Are you not concerned about a tax deduction? Great! When you support SWCC’s non-charitable activities, you are not eligible for a tax refund. However, this direct support is extremely important to us.

This funding will help us to carry out our conservation campaigns and advocacy work, such as our latest Sacred Headwaters Campaign, where we helped to get Shell out of the Sacred Headwaters and ensure permanent protection.

Your support will help pay our dedicated staff, train and support our volunteers and much more! Basically, direct donations keep us afloat and allow us to successfully fulfill our mandate and continue to do the work we do up here in the Skeena Watershed.

You can donate to our non charitable activities online here. It's easy peasy!

Want to support SWCC directly?  Click me!

You can also give us a call us 250-842-2494 and we'll process the payment for you, OR you can mail us a cheque directly, payable to: Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, PO Box 70, Hazelton, BC, V0J 1Y0, Canada

Make a donation to the Skeena Watershed Fund at Tides Canada

If you like the looks of our awesome charitable programs such as Youth on Water, Women on Water, school education programs, science & research and would like to contribute to the ongoing success of these activities, please donate to the Skeena Watershed Fund at Tides Canada Foundation.

We use these funds to collaborate with various charitable organizations and support charitable work that advances our mission to cultivate a sustainable future from a sustainable environment rooted in culture and a wild salmon ecosystem.

Canadian donors supporting this charitable work are eligible for a charitable tax receipt issued by Tides Canada Foundation. Please contact us directly if you are a US donor

Want to donate to the Skeena Watershed Fund? Click me!

Have a question about donating to SWCC? We'd love to hear from you! Give us a call: (250) 842-2494 or email us info@skeenawatershed.com

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Join SWCC’s Monthly Supporter Program!

Want to an SWCC Monthly Supporter? You have two awesome choices!

If you are a huge fan of the Sacred headwaters and want to support education, research and community building activities becoming a Monthly Supporter Program is a great option.

Become a monthly supporter with a minimum of $10 per month and invest directly into building the Sacred Headwaters community and educating our youth!

Option 1: Direct monthly donation to SWCC

Would you like to become an SWCC Monthly supporter and donate directly to SWCC each month to help us with our non-charitable campaigns and activities?

Are you not fussed about receiving a tax reciept for your donations? Great! This options is for you.

Direct donations are non-charitable, this means we can't give you a tax rebate, however, these donations are incredibly important to us. They help us fulfil our madate and stay afloat!  To set up a recurring donation simply click the button below and select 'recurring donation' on the online form, or give us a call at the office: 250 842 2494 and we'll get it all set up for you! 

I want to support SWCC directly through a monthly donation

Option Two: Sign up for a monthly Donation to our Tides Canada Skeena Watershed Fund

To become a SWCC Monthly Supporter and support our Charitable programs such as Youth On Water (YOW!) and other community outreach work, simply click the 'Become an SWCC monthly supporter' button BELOW. Fill in your details to donate to our Skeena Watershed Fund at Tides Canada Foundation.  

The purpose of the fund is to support charitable progrms such as education, research and community building activities in the Skeena Watershed. All U.S and Canadian donations to this fund are eligibe for tax reciepts.

I want to donate monthly to the Skeena Watershed Fund

Our Youth On Water Program: Your monthly donation will help us to foster a conservation ethic in the leaders of tomorrow

Here at SWCC we are extremely proud of the Youth On Water (YOW!) Program. What began in 2009 as a small project with six youth in Hazelton, has become a extremely successful regional outdoor recreation program.

Today YOW! has over 100 participants from six communities and is empowering regional youth through on-the-water activities that connect them with local rivers, a sense of adventure, environmental awareness and technical raft guide training.

The YOW! program is free to participants because of the generosity and passion of our community. Your monthly donation makes all the difference. SWCC's goal is that eventually our entire Youth On Water Program can be run in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives  solely through our monthly supporters. The future is YOW!

A Sustainable Sacred Headwaters: Your monthly donation will help us carry out reserach, education and outreach activities

SWCC's goal is to ensure that our watershed remains intact and any development occurs in a sustainable manner that protects natural and cultural resources and support our communities, now and in the future. Help us to make a difference by supporting our research, education and outreach programs.

SWCC's community building work includes:

  • Education and outreach programs empower our community with the knowledge and inspiration to build a more sustainable future around our healthy rivers.
  • Expeditions get people of all ages out on the land to connect them with their watershed and infuse their lives with the sense of place that is the foundation to our regional art and culture
  • Developing tourism and sustainable livelihoods in the watershed presents such as trail building and resource management, fishing and hunting guiding and cabin building.
  • Research projects are collaborative in naturewith a baseline inventory focus on wild salmon enumeration and habitat, water quality and cultural heritage resources in remote headwaters ecosystems
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