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Land Use Planning
Ongoing fish & wildlife research, archeology & cultural heritage projects are helping to inform landscape sustainability plans.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
We want to make sure that all people who visit this page to learn about the Sacred Headwaters campaign understand that this has been a successful battle because of the hard work of the communities that live in the 3 watersheds. Most importantly, it has been successful because of the Klabona Keepers-
We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It
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...
Our story on YoungAgrarians.org The Power of Feeding Ourselves Concerns over food security in the Gitxsan Nation started well before the pandemic. During the Festival of What Works (full video below), Shannon McPhail of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition...
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...
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...
Our Top Priorities
Supporting a variety of initiatives aimed at cultivating a sustainable future.