General · 19th March 2019
Join Sierra Quadra on Saturday, March 23 at the Quadra Community Centre for an engaging evening with author and activist Briony Penn. Her presentation will explore ‘A Century of Conservation, Cultural Change and Chaos through the Eyes of Ian McTaggart Cowan and Cecil Paul (Wa’xaid)’.
Referencing the work of Dr. Ian McTaggart Cowan (‘Canada’s father of ecology') and Xenaksiala elder Wa’xaid (Cecil Paul, named ‘Hero of the Planet' by Rainforest Action Network), Briony will talk about the last century of conservation and how the movement played out on the central coast of British Columbia in Xenaksiala unceded territory.
The heart of this area is the Kitlope, the largest protected intact temperate rainforest on the planet. Cowan and Wa’xaid were men driven by similar vocations and love of the natural world, but who moved within completely different cultural, social and economic contexts. Nonetheless they both challenged contemporary orthodoxies around wildlife, the land, indigenous cultures, and our responsibility to protect the natural world. They took on major corporations and institutions with very different skill sets and opportunities available to them – but they shared a similar approach of collaboration to bringing people ‘into their magic canoes’ to work towards a common vision for humanity’s survival.
Over the last decade author Briony Penn has worked on biographies with both men and draws upon their ideas, research, values, and legacies of protection to emphasize the commonalities between us and the imperative of nature to sustain and heal from the trauma and chaos of the last century.
Please mark your calendars for this not-to-be-missed Sierra Quadra event.
Doors open at 7pm for desserts, coffee and tea. Program begins at 7:30. Admission is by donation.