Gitga'at Oceans and Lands Department is seeking a Regulatory Engagement Coordinator (details). The postings remains open until the position is filled.
2023 Community Excellence Awards
Applications are now being accepted for UBCM’s 2023 Community Excellence Awards. The awards recognize and celebrate UBCM members that have implemented projects or programs that demonstrate excellence in meeting the purposes of local government in B.C. The application deadline is May 19, 2023.
The awards are open to all local government and First Nation UBCM members. Applicants are limited to one application per category.
Members are limited to one application per category. The categories for 2023 are:
Excellence in Governance
Excellence in Service Delivery
Excellence in Asset Management
Excellence in Sustainability
Awards will be presented during UBCM’s 2023 Convention. All delegates are invited to attend the awards event.
Here are some news items collected since February 6, 2023:
Marine Protected Area Network Partners Endorse Plan to Protect BC’s North Coast
Coastal First Nations
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vancouver, British Columbia – The blueprint for a vast network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) across the northern third of Canada’s West Coast is being unveiled after more than a decade of work. Today, 15 First Nations, the Government of Canada, and the Government of British Columbia (B.C.) are jointly announcing the endorsement of the Marine Protected Area Network Action Plan (the Action Plan) for the Northern Shelf Bioregion (NSB).
Coastal First Nations VIDEO - Elder in residence at the @impac5canada conference, Ray Thunderchild. You can visit Ray upstairs at the Indigenous Lounge and hear some stories about his life growing up as an athlete, how the flip of a coin brought him and his cousin to the west coast from the prairies, how he lived out of his car and showered at Stanley Park before getting settled and the many adventures along the way to where and who he is today. Ray’s here to help create safe spaces for Indigenous Peoples at the Congress.
VIDEO - Titouan Bernicot quit university at 18 years old, he told the crowd during his opening keynote speech this morning at @impac5canada. He wanted to pursue his passion right away, of protecting his “playground,” but really his home, the water he grew up in, where he learned to surf, free dive and fish with the locals who he credits for their traditional and place-based knowledge. Check out his organization @coralgardeners to see what kind of work he’s been involved in, how he and his friends mobilized their love for their home into a massive movement and how he and his team are determined to educate the world on coral reefs and the importance of protecting the ocean and oceanic relations.
VIDEO - GwaaGanad Diane Brown, respected Haida elder, language speaker and culture keeper, during the ‘Voice of the Ocean’ session at @impac5canada
PHOTO - Jennifer Walkus, Julie Carpenter, Alejandro Frid, Christine Smith-Martin, Gordon McGee, Hereditary Chief Russ Jones pose for a photo after their session ‘Indigenous Perspectives on Marine Planning and Advancements Through Reconciliation in the Northern Shelf Bioregion.’
Nature United GRAPHIC - Increasing demands and climate change are impacting ocean health by altering vital habitat and depleting fish stocks. We're tackling these challenges with a collaborative approach to ocean management that delivers lasting results for people, nature and economies: https://nature.ly/3RFPsWg
IMPAC 5 Canada PHOTOS - Today's keynote speakers:
"The ocean gives us the very air we breathe." Our first keynote speaker of the day, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland KC, Commonwealth Secretary-General, discussed the Commonwealth Blue Charter. Member-led, principled and energetic, the Blue Charter's underlying principles are drawn directly from the Charter of the Commonwealth.
Judith Sayers, President of the Uu-a-thluk (Taking Care of) Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council spoke about advancing conservation in the blue economy, "You can't have a blue economy unless you have respected the rights of indigenous peoples."
Speaking about coral reefs, Titouan Bernicot took us through what it was like growing up in French Polynesia, and protecting the coral reefs with the company he founded: Coral Gardeners. "I do believe that we are the change, and that change is coming."
Ocean Networks Canada
“The Blob” is not just a 1988 sci-fi classic but also a mass of warm water in the #Pacific Ocean present between 2013-16.
New research has uncovered a change in behaviour of deep-sea fragile pink sea urchins off the south coast of Vancouver Island that is linked to #climate change impacts including the “Blob”, a marine heatwave that persisted in the Pacific Ocean off North America between 2013 to 2016.
In a study published in Deep-Sea Research Part I, researchers from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), and University of Victoria (UVic) analyzed multi-year data from ONC & Fisheries and Oceans Canada. They found these deep-sea urchins migrating up to 49 vertical metres into shallower waters at 3.5 metres per year due to warming ocean conditions caused by #climatechange.
Learn more http://ow.ly/EFSa50MNpVQ Sea urchins on the move (ONC)
Hakai Institute VIDEO - Season 2! Season 2! Season 2!
Coastal ecology is full of amazing stories of resilience, evolution, and creatures interacting in the natural world in amazing ways. But a lot of these stories are … well … kinda long.
To help you keep on top of it all, we’re back with new stories—in season 2 of Long Story Shorts.
Meet Ondine Pontier, a kelp researcher and scientific diver with Hakai, in the latest instalment of our ongoing Q&A series. Learn about the joys and challenges of scientific diving, why she loves kelp forests so much, how she got into this kind of work, and more! Behind Hakai: Ondine Pontier (Hakai.org)
Even if a whale does surface for a photo, a 12.5-meter North Atlantic right whale only appears as an 83-pixel smudge on the sharpest satellite images. And since one satellite photo can cover up to 200 square kilometers, it’s like taking a picture of a toothpick on the sidewalk from an upstairs balcony. 🛰️🔎🐳
Written by J. Besl Finding a Whale in a Watery Haystack (Hakai Magazine) CPAWS-BC VIDEO - IMPAC 5 Canada continues today in Vancouver! Experts from around the world are gathering for seven days to discuss creating more and better marine protected areas.
Learn why we need to strengthen Canada's MPAs
West Coast Environmental Law GRAPHICS - To be effective, marine protected areas (MPAs) need strong and consistent laws that prohibit damaging activities and provide safe havens in areas reserved for conservation.
All eyes are on Canada this week as global ocean professionals gather in Vancouver for IMPAC 5 Canada (the 5th International Marine Protected Areas Congress). West Coast is hoping to see the federal government step up to the plate at #IMPAC5 and make progress on this.
If you want to learn more about this issue, check out our website: http://bit.ly/40AMrKW
PHOTOS - West Coast has been busy diving into #IMPAC5 / IMPAC 5 Canada, where marine professionals from around the world are gathering right now in Vancouver to act on ocean conservation solutions. Here's a quick recap of events our legal experts have been involved in – swipe through!
Pacific Salmon Foundation
For 30+ years, PSF’s Community Salmon Program has awarded grants to local volunteers & community members who work to conserve Pacific salmon and restore their habitats. Thank you to the 30,000 volunteers who take action on behalf of salmon! The Community Salmon Program is accepting applications until Feb. 15. Details on how to apply via the link below. SALMON CONSERVATION PROJECTS ACROSS B.C. GRANTED $227,000 (PSF)