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Youth On Water

At the heart of the SWCC Youth on Water (YOW) program is our recognition of the immense value of the Skeena watershed and the Sacred Headwaters.

Regenerative Poultry

Shared concerns over dwindling salmon runs and declining moose populations led SWCC to look for an alternative protein source for the region in a way that wasn’t extractive, wasn’t colonial and could strengthen the local food system.

Talkin’ Loggin

A group of Hazelton & Kispiox Valley residents who have come together to act on their concerns regarding forestry practices in the region.

Forests & Carbon

Forest management plays a nearly unique role in climate change mitigation. In this report, renowned ecologist Jim Pojar lays out seven forest carbon myths, misconceptions or oversimplifications. (Along with potential solutions!)

Community Economic Development

Bringing local businesses, organizations and residents together to find creative collaborations and solutions for local economic solutions.

Sacred Headwaters Initiative

Northern BC’s Sacred Headwaters is a rare and special place. Here in a vast alpine basin, three of the Northwest’s greatest salmon rivers are born: the Skeena, the Nass and the Stikine. Stone sheep, caribou, grizzly bears and wolves call the Headwaters home, and the area is critically important to the Tahltan First Nation.

Skeena Energy Solutions

Launched in 2013 as a result of several proposals for gas and oil pipelines that would put our wild salmon economy and healthy watersheds at risk. So rather than just opposing bad development, SWCC decided to propose good development.

Upper Skeena

As one of Canada’s largest wilderness areas, the upper Skeena contains spawning and rearing habitats and water quality that helps drive the entire ecosystem from the Skeena estuary to the headwaters. We continue to focus on being on the land with projects that support the long-term conservation of natural ecosystems.

Skeena swim 2009

The summer of 2009 saw Ali Howard become the first person on the planet to ever swim the entire 610km Skeena River. After 26 days of whitewater, boulder gardens, crazy currents and community celebrations, she had done it!

No LNG

The Skeena estuary contains an abundance of life. It is among the most productive ecosystems in the world and home to a variety of unique plant and animal communities including wild salmon and steelhead. The Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry could be coming to the Skeena Watershed for the first time.

Get the shell out

Skeena awareness project

A discovery expedition of the Upper Skeena lead by Director, Jim Allen. After completing a Swiftwater Rescue Technician course, the 10 person field crew completed 2 consecutive 10 day Upper Skeena River rafting expeditions in hopes of finding and reviving ancient heritage trails for archaeological documentation and development of eco-tourism.

Skeena elder stories project

SWCC volunteer, Gretel Miles, collected the stories of the lives of the elders & oldtimers of the Upper Skeena with the idea of preserving rich, shared heritage for future generations, as well as our own. Gretel compiled the interviews into a book.

rafting the skeena – summer expeditions 2011

During August 2011, SWCC invited two groups of conservation leaders, philanthropists, program staff of funding organizations, strategists and activists to raft down the Skeena river with us.

We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It

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Interview: Food Solutions During the Pandemic

Interview: Food Solutions During the Pandemic

In the fall of 2020, Shannon and Kesia participated in Salmon Nation's Festival of What Works, speaking about SWCC's experiences through our first season of chicken farming in a rural, remote, and Indigenous community, in an extra-challenging year, and in a difficult...

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Our Biggest Environmental Issue

Our Biggest Environmental Issue

Early in 2021, high school students reached out to SWCC as part of a school assignment and asked, "In your personal opinion what do you find to be our biggest environmental issue?" Here is the response: Thanks for messaging me and asking such a great question. I will...

Devil’s Club and Blazes Film

Devil’s Club and Blazes Film

Searching for the trails of our Gitxsan ancestors. Originally called the Skeena Awareness Project (aka SAP), we completed 2 rafting expeditions in the upper Skeena on our Territories in search of ancient trails, campsites and village sites. We wanted to know how...

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