Above: The north coast of Vargas Island looking across Calmus Passage towards Catface Mountain, photographed by Josh Lewis. With the warmed and drier weather, increasing numbers of people are spending time on the lands and waters of Clayoquot and Barkley Sounds for research, recreation, education, and cultural reasons.
The longest days of the year are upon us, bringing changes to the routines and responsibilities of families, communities, and organizations within the Clayoquot Biosphere Region. Students in the area have completed the school year, while the hospitality and tourism industry gears up for peak demand and researchers are well into the summer field season.
At the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, the spring-to-summer transition saw the evaluations of many high quality applications for our Biosphere Research Award, Discretionary Grants, and Vital Grants; the completion of some exciting office renovations; and the drafting of Annual Reports for both the CBT and our educational toursim collaboration, West Coast NEST, among many other projects, which I invite you to read about below.
- Rebecca Hurwitz, Executive Director
Congrats to the Leadership Vancouver Island class of 2018!
In June, the Leadership Vancouver Island
(LVI) West Coast Chapter 2018 cohort wrapped up their community-focused leadership development program with a retreat at huuhtiksiihuwit (Hequiaht Place of Learning) and graduation ceremony at the Ucluelet Community Centre. Through the program, the diverse group of local students received professional training, coaching support, and hands-on learning opportunities focusing on regional priorities, such as sustainable development and reconcilliation.
The CBT administers LVI on behalf of the region in order to grow local leaders, provide local educational opportunities, and develop cross-community and cross-cultural connections. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to receive six credits from Vancouver Island University.
West Coast NEST facilitates learning experience for Tamagowa University
From June 14-16, a group of Agriculture students from Tamagawa University in Japan
visited the Clayoquot Biosphere Region to learn about local trees and forestry practices through a series of workshops organized by CBT's educational tourism collaboration, the West Coast NEST
. Their unique itinerary included a forest management workshop with Dr. Barb Beasley, a forest restoration workshop with the Central Westcoast Forest Society, and a cultural session with Ahousaht Elder Moy Sutherland. Check out the Westerly Article about the trip here
The NEST was born from a series of grassroots-driven projects in response to the need to diversify the west coast tourism economy. Through a collective of over 30 organizations, cultures, businesses, and communities, the NEST supports a wide variety of experiential opportunities surrounding science, nature, history, language, and Nuu-chah-nulth culure.
Biosphere Research Update
CBT research director Dr. Laura Loucks has been busy this spring working on a number of research projects in the Clayoquot Biosphere Region, and presenting on CBT activities at two conferences on Canada's East Coast!
At home, she has been serving as a team member for the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Clayoquot Sound Nautral Area Conservation Plan, alongside Tla-o-qui-aht natural resources manager Saya Masso, Tofino mayor Josie Osborne, and local scientist Barb Beasley. The conservation plan aligns closely with CBT's UNESCO Biosphere designation.
On the east coast, Laura gave a presentation on the West Coast NEST at the Community, Conservation, and Livelihoods Conference at St. Mary's University in Halifax where she also spoke in a panel discussion on the nature of Governance within UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserves. She then joined over 50 researchers from around the world for a convening of the Community Conservation Research Network in Martin's River, Nova Scotia to share knowledge on collaborative approaches to sustainable community governance. Read the full write-up on Laura's recent activities here.
CBT Board Meetings
Upcoming Board Meetings:
After holding our June Board meeting, AGM, and Investment Committee meeting, CBT Board is taking its summer recess, and will be reconvening in September! The next board meeting details are:
Date: September 13th
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Ahousaht, BC (venue TBD)
CBT is a registered charity. Your donation helps fund programs to conduct biosphere research, provide education, and support healthy communities.
Students on Ice Award Recipient
We're thrilled to announce this year's Students on Ice award recipient, Mark Frank-Perry from Ahousaht. Mark will be travelling to the Arcitic this summer alongside elders, scientists, musicians, educators, artists, buisiness leaders, dignitaries, writers, and other students! In his application, Mark explained that he is excited gain knowledge from the journey that he can share with his family, and to use this experience to help solve challenges faced by his community. He hopes that the trip will help him develop as a role model for younger children in Ahousaht, and is looking forward to learning about arctic ecology from a scientific perspective, while also experiencing the history, culture, dance, and language of indigenous people in the north to see how close they are with his own teachings.
The Students on Ice Award is made possible by David and Jacquie Manning and the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust
CBRA Events and Indigenous Language Symposium in Ottawa
In early June, a delegation consisting of CBT co-chairs Tammy Dorward and Cathy Thicke, Ahousaht elder Arlene Paul, and executive director Rebecca Hurwitz travelled to Ottawa for the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association Annual General Meeting, and a reception with MPs and federal dignitaries to showcase how Canada's Biosphere Regions are creating vibrant, healthy and sustainable communities across Canada. During the AGM, Rebecca was elected as CBRA Chair, and we couldn't be more proud of her!
The trip also included a Symposium on the upcoming International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019. Arlene and Tammy took the opportunity to share both challenge and success stories regarding the Indigenous Language revitalization work going on in the Clayoquot Biosphere region, as well as the challenges faced. Check out this blog post for more details and photos of the trip!
Volunteers are essential to the function and success of the CBT as an organization, comprising our board of directors, as well as the numerous committees that oversee all granting and investment decisions. In recognition of the expertise, time and effort our volunteers contribute on an ongoing basis, the CBT hosted a casual BBQ reception on the Sandbar patio at Long Beach Lodge Resort in Tofino the evening before our AGM. While the day itself was a mixed bag of sun and showers, the sun came out in the evening, allowing the group to celebrate their contributions to the conservation and sustainable co-existance in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region.
Other Grant Opportunities
Vancouver Foundation Systems Change Grant
Deadline: July 20, 2018 AND ongoing
Grants from $20,000 to $300,000 for charities and other qualified donees with projects that take action to address the root causes of pressing social, environmental or cultural issues in BC.The Systems Change grants have multiple tiers. Develop grants offer up to $20,000 through a one-stage application, can be submitted any time, and decisions are made by the end of the following month. Test grants are a two stage application, beginning with a letter of intent (LOI) due July 20th, and if succesful in the LOI phase, a full application due in the fall. Read more here.
Vancouver Foundation Participatory Action Grant
Deadline: July 20, 2018 AND ongoing
Grants from $20,000 to $300,000 to support research that is co-led by community members and researchers to learn more about the root causes of pressing issues impacting the health of communities.There are two different types of Participatory Action Grant. Convene phase grants help teams develop a participatory research project plan that can be submitted to funding organizations and offer up to $20,000 through a one-stage application. Investigate grants are multi-year grants to help teams answer a research question, analyze their findings, and share knowledge in a way that supports the community to take action. Applicants begin their application by submitting a LOI (Due July 20), and if successful, are invited to submit a Full Application. Read more here.
Federal Government - Get Youth Working!
Deadline: Ongoing Intake
Connecting BC youth to employment opportunities, this programoffers employers a $2900 Wage Subsidy incentive to hire eligible youth 15-29 years of age. The Get Youth Working! Program funding is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Job Fund. Apply via the Get Yout Working! website