Check out this most important video clip about the inspiring, cutting-edge First Nations-led efforts of the Tla-o-qui-aht, Ahousaht, and Hupacasath people to protect Vancouver Island’s old-growth forests! 25 years ago, on August 9, 1993, over 300 people were arrested trying to protect the old-growth forests in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island, out of almost 900 people who would be arrested that summer. The Tla-o-qui-aht have declared most of their territory as Tribal Parks and the Ahousaht have developed a Land Use Vision that protects 82% of their territory from industrial logging, while the Hupacasath are speaking up for the protection of ancient forests in the Nahmint Valley. The BC government has yet to officially recognize and support these initiatives, and has not committed to undertaking conservation financing for these communities or elsewhere across most of BC at this time, while still supporting old-growth logging in the Nahmint Valley and in large regions of the province. However, there is hope – with your support for these First Nations conservation initiatives!
See the original video by filmmaker Darryl Augustine here.