Tips for Summer in the Shuswap
Safety on the Water
The Shuswap Watershed Council offers seven tips for having fun and staying safe on the water this summer!
The Shuswap and all of British Columbia's lakes are currently free of invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels. Given other waters in Canada and in the USA have these species, however, it's critical for boaters, paddlers and fishers to take precautions to help stop the spread.
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The Fraser Basin Council is a non-profit, charitable organization that works to advance sustainability in the Fraser Basin and across BC. This is possible thanks to our partners, funders and supporters.
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Our Message on the Deaths of Children in Residential Schools
The Directors and staff of the Fraser Basin Council express our deep sadness over the deaths of the 215 Indigenous children whose remains were found at the site of the former Kamloops Residential School, and we express our condolences to their families and communities. This heartbreaking situation is coupled with the terrible knowledge that at least 4,100 other children are known to have died within Canada’s residential school system, and that others went missing and were never found.
We acknowledge that multiple generations of Indigenous children were forcibly and wrongly separated from their families. These children lost everything — family, community, language, culture, personal safety and well-being, opportunities for happiness, and tragically even life itself. Words fail to capture the depravity of the acts inflicted on the children of residential schools and their families.
We need to listen to the stories of survivors to truly understand. All Indigenous communities in Canada today live with the harmful legacy of residential schools and other injustices of colonialism. This is not “in the past.” There are painful, profound and lasting consequences for Indigenous people, personally and collectively. We also know that while residential schools are closed, Indigenous children are over-represented in government care, and in higher rates of incarceration, homelessness, physical and mental health issues, and death.
The truth of deep wrongs, and the ugliness, must be confronted if there is to be a path forward. The calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be a priority so that governments, justice systems and church officials do all that is necessary, under the guidance of Indigenous leaders, to ensure the burial sites and remains of other Indigenous children are found so these children can be honoured and remembered in a good way.
The Fraser Basin Council stands with Indigenous communities in this time of pain and recognizes the need for a time of healing. We acknowledge the right to self-determination of Indigenous people to shape their own future and we support the full realization of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We believe there is hope for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to work together as friends, neighbours, families, communities and nations. There is, however, a journey ahead that will be painful and one that calls for deep, meaningful and lasting change.
The Fraser Basin Council notes the tremendous importance of support services at this time, such as those of the Indian Residential Schools Survivors Society. This organization is available to help with counselling services and is also a place to consider providing a donation.
Youth Sustainability Leaders - Join Us!
Calling all youth aged 16-30 with a passion for climate action, sustainability, and community! Are you proud of where you live and have ideas on how to improve your community? Are you interested in connecting with and learning from other youth living in other regions of BC?
Join our Co-Creating a Sustainable BC initiative!
Share your ideas; deepen your knowledge on climate action, impacts, and solutions; build your networks with sustainability professionals; and collaborate on projects that address community challenges. Applications are now OPEN on our FBC youth website.
2021 Renewable Energy for Remote Communities
Take a look at the exciting clean energy projects ahead at Kwadacha First Nation, Hesquiaht First Nation and Lhoosk'uz Dené First Nation with support from provincial Renewable Energy for Remote Communities program.
As part of CleanBC, the Province of British Columbia’s Renewable Energy for Remote Communities (RERC) Program aims to reduce reliance on diesel by funding the capital costs of renewable electricity projects. The program is designed to complement other initiatives that assist remote communities as they undertake energy planning, increase energy efficiency, and decarbonize their energy systems.
The RERC Program is a key part of the CleanBC Remote Community Energy Strategy (RCES). The Strategy targets the largest diesel generating stations in BC and aims to reduce province-wide diesel consumption for generating electricity in remote communities by 80% by 2030.
New Study on Creating Salmon-Safe Cities
Read about nature-based opportunities in urban and suburban spaces! The Salmon-Safe BC team and the Pacific Water Research Centre invite you to read “Creating Safe Cities for Salmon: Exploring How Government Policy Aligns with the Salmon-Safe Urban Standards” – by researcher Andrea McDonald.
This new research flags opportunities for local governments and developers to advance salmon-friendly development practices and demonstrate environmental leadership. Read highlights and find a link to the full report on the Salmon-Safe BC site.