Continuing our celebration of 30 years of Wildsight, Jeremy Sroka sat down with someone who has been working to protect the wild landscapes of the East Kootenay that he loves for nearly 50 years, long before Wildsight (or the East Kootenay Environmental Society) began. From the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy to Akamina-Kishinena Park in the Flathead … Continued
Our sacred spaces are natural spaces: Joe Pierre Jumbo interview part 3
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This is the first in our three part interview with Joe. The bears, our mountains, and the people of the Kootenays are so fortunate to have Joe and all of the incredible people within the Ktunaxa Nation fighting to keep this sacred wilderness wild.
Height of the Rockies, Akamina-Kishinena, Gilnockie, Kianuko, Lockhart Creek, the upper Cummins Valley and the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy, Elk Lakes and Bugaboos expansions: some of the area’s most beautiful and biodiverse landscapes were protected as provincial parks through the CORE process in the mid-90s. It was on this day, July 12th, 22 years ago that … Continued
Protecting our water has always been central to Wildsight’s work. The Columbia River headwaters, near Canal Flats in the East Kootenays, is the beginning of a river basin of life that supports human communities and provides habitat for hundreds of species. The Columbia Wetlands stretch for 180km, the only part of the 2000km-long Columbia River … Continued
Just over a decade ago, the Marysville Eco Park was a radically different environment. Providing parking for the Marysville Falls tourist attraction, the site was a flat, gravel lot extending right to the water’s edge. Sedimentation from stormwater runoff and snow dumping on site added to the cumulative effects of pollution in Mark Creek: effects … Continued
Every bite we take comes with a backstory of interconnected narratives. The problem is, we’ve taken so many bites throughout human history that—somewhere along the way—we stopped paying attention to the plot details behind what’s sitting at the end of our forks. Before we talk about the local food stories that are being written in … Continued
On the 12th of June, 2017, Wildsight officially celebrates 30 years of working to protect wildlife, clean water and wild places. And it’s been quite the journey. If you ask John Bergenske, our Conservation Director and one of the original wild faces, this 30th anniversary is less of a milestone marker and more a continuum … Continued
It’s very easy to become disconnected to where our water comes from and what happens once we’re done with it. We turn on our taps and out it comes. We pull the plug and there it goes. But, contrary to what the conveniences of modern life have led us to believe, there’s much more to … Continued
More than any other season, the pull to go outside seems to tug the strongest in the summer. Maybe it’s the undeniable bliss that comes when you combine warm sunshine with a cool breeze? Perhaps it’s the sound of mom shouting “turn that thing off and go play outside!” that still echoes in our minds, … Continued
This week’s wrap-up features articles from Flathead Beacon, Calgary Metro, Calgary Herald, High Country News and David Suzuki Foundation.