November Newsletter

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Congratulations to the 2017 Neighbourhood Small Grants Recipients!


For a third year, CBT partnered with the Vancouver Foundation and Westcoast Community Resource Society to bring the Neighbourhood Small Grants program to the west coast.

This unique program encourages people to build connections and make their neighbourhood a better place to live. From September 1st to October 15th, 2017, any local resident in the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere region could apply for a grant of up to $500 for a project in their neighbourhood that shares skills and knowledge among residents, builds a sense of community ownership and pride, and respects and celebrates diversity.

CBT is proud to announce 23 projects were funded; congrats to the program leaders and keep an eye out for the following events happening near you!

Pumpkins in the Mist II   Complete!
Halloween theme walk in the woods (Wild Pacific Trail)
Shannon Szymczakowski and Katherine Loiselle
Ucluelet, October 29 2017

Community Haunted House & Pumpkin Carving    Complete!
Halloween Haunted House and pumpkin carving at the Ahousaht Youth Centre
Thomas Paul and Marsha Mack
Ahousaht, October 30 2017

Halloween House  Complete!
“Psycho” Circus Train themed Halloween Haunted House
Mandy Oye and Tara Wood
Ucluelet, October 31 2017

Hesquiaht Gathering
Community dinner
Gynette Galligos
Hesquiaht, Fall 2017

Pizza Party
Pizzas making community gathering
Patricia Campbell and Brent Campbell
Ahousaht, Fall 2017

Family Fun Nights
Family fun nights with board games and snacks at the Community Hall
Lisa Sabbas and Louie Sabbas
Hesquiaht, October 2017 to December 2017

Ladies Fitness
Workout training for women of all ages at local gym
Bonita Frank and Sabrina Williams
Ahousaht, October 2017 to January 2018

Tonquin Townhouse’s Concrete Jungle Community Garden
Develop and maintain an edible garden to provide fresh, locally grown food for residents
Erika Greenland and Cindy Hutchison
Tofino, October 16th 2017 to April 15th, 2018

Canoe Carving Kick-Off Celebration 
Canoe carving community project including workshops and a traditional ceremony
Vincent John and Dwayne Martin
Hesquiaht, November 15th 2017

Community Wellness
Exercise classes using language as the anchor for both Elders and Toddlers
Dede Monette and Jennifer Wamil
Hitatsoo, November 2017

Fruit Trees for Yew Wood
Plant apple and fig trees to provide fresh, locally grown fruits for residents
Deddeda White and Leah Austin
Tofino, starting in November 2017

Millstream Mingle and Emergency Preparedness Gathering
BBQ gathering to bring neighbours together and meet new people, and discuss about Emergency Preparedness
Jodeyn Grills and Sarah Hagar
Ucluelet, November to December 2017

Outdoor Ed 12 Community Project
As part of the Outdoor Education program, students will have to “plan and implement ways to reduce potential impacts of outdoor activities on the local environment”
Daniel Soifer and Marcie Callewaert
Ahousaht, November 2017 to January 2018

Cultural Group
Teaching culture and traditions to young people
Darlene Dick and Carol Thomas
Ahousaht, November 14th, 2017 to January 14th 2018

Shawl Making
Shawl making workshops and culture sharing
Marilyn Lucas and Lisa Sabbas
Hesquiaht, November 2017 to February 2018

Hesquiaht Food Initiative
Canning and cooking workshops, and food safe classes
Jeannine Adams and Patrick Charleson
Hesquiaht, November 2017 to March 2018

Beating the Winter Blues
Teaching/sharing classes who promote healthy mental health in a potluck dinner context
Zoë Jordan and Lyndsay Daly
Ucluelet, November 2017 to March 2018

Qwiis mah saup -“Our Ancestor’s Legacy”
Teaching and learning language and history, and ancestor’s songs, in order to preserve traditional culture
Ruth Arlene Paul and Carlene Paul
Ahousaht, November 2017 to May 2018

Wickaninnish Elementary School Buddy Bench
Install a cedar wood bench – carved by local artisan – in the elementary school area in order to promote inclusiveness and acceptance
Samantha Fyleris and Beverly Murdock Counts
Tofino, November 2017 to May 2018

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations 6th Annual Dry New Year’s Eve Party
New Year’s Eve community party with food, games and prizes
Laura Manson
Location to be determined, New Year’s Eve 2017

Repurpose, Repair and Reuse Fabrics
Craft stations that promote techniques to minimize household waste
Kelby Jane Holmes and Veronika Miralles Sanchez
Ucluelet, starting in January 2018

Arnet Block Party
Potluck BBQ party with music and games
Stephanie Elliott and Jacky Challenger
Tofino, April 1st 2017

Ahousaht Hydro Painting Project
Painting public art pieces on hydro poles across the village and help beautify neighbourhoods
Marcie Callewaert and Lisa Thomas
Ahousaht, April to May 2018


More info: Brooke Wood – Neighbourhood Small Grants Program Coordinator –  250-725-2219 or


Friday November 3, let’s celebrate the Random Act of Kindness Day!

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A new name for the 25 km multi-use trail in Pacific Rim National Park

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Be a part of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust!

October Newsletter

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Seth Sees the Arctic!

When we landed in Resolute Bay is when it really hit me what Students on Ice was.  It was bleak and didn’t look like anything I had ever seen before.  In it’s bleakness it was also one of the most beautiful places I have been.  They were taking us to one of the most desolate yet beautiful places on Earth and teaching us important things that will impact us throughout our lives.

When I first arrived I was taking pictures of the smallest pieces of ice, not understanding the magnificent scale of what I would soon see.

In Greenland, the native language wasn’t taken away and even the youngest children are fluent. This has played an important role in keeping the culture strong.

As I look down on the clouds I don’t want tomorrow to come. I am not excited to leave my home away from home, the Ocean Endeavour.






My time at CBT

It has been an absolute pleasure to have been part of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust team this past summer! I would like to thank Rebecca, Faye, Brooke, Nicole, Mathieu, and Laura for an extraordinary summer! Each one of them have such bright minds and huge personalities,  I have learned so much from working by their side this summer and it was the best experience. They’re definitely my role models and one of the very few people I look up to in life.

This was by far the best summer job I’ve had! My very first project was to help Faye with the 2nd annual Living with Wild Life Symposium held in Ucluelet, it was very fascinating to see all the schools interact with one another, I thought it was such an excellent concept for the kids and I’m glad I was part of a really fun and active sunny day!  After about 3 weeks in the CBT office I had an unbelievable opportunity and I was absolutely unquestionably thrilled to attend a one week conference called Co-building Sustainability and Reconciliation held in Baie-Comeau, Quebec. It being the first province (other than BC) I have ever been to and on top of that, meeting wonderful people from other biosphere reserves across Canada, learning about their biospheres was really something to appreciate. Being so young and getting involved in the work of biosphere reserves was an amazing experience, and I would like to thank Rebecca for an unforgettable trip!

August Newsletter

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2017 Biosphere Research Award Recipient Announced!

Congratulations to chuutsqa Layla Rorick, this year’s recipient of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust’s (CBT) Biosphere Research Award. chuutsqa grew up in Hot Springs Cove and, as an advanced adult learner of the Hesquiaht language, has dedicated much of her life to Nuu-chah-nulth (NCN) language revitalization. chuutsqa is a doctoral student at the University of Victoria and her research “aims to collaborate with fluent NCN elders to identify compatible approaches for training a working-age generation of NCN educators,”  and create a land-based NCN language revitalization program in Clayoquot Sound.

This is the third year that the CBT has offered the Biosphere Research Award, a single grant of $20,000. The purpose of the award is to support research within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region (CSBR) that advances local understanding of conservation challenges within the marine and/or terrestrial ecosystems and helps us to prioritize conservation actions. To be eligible, research must address key species and ecosystems threats and/or address a degrading trend for species or ecosystems of ecological and/or cultural importance. The percentage of fluent NCN language speakers in the CSBR has decreased from 3.1% in 2012 to 1.7% in 2016 (Vital Signs, 2016). Furthermore, the majority of fluent speakers are elders, making the threat of NCN language and culture loss that much more imminent.

In discussing the intrinsic relationship between language and land/place, chuutsqa states, “NCN language and worldview has grown out of a coastal location, and contains environmental markers that tie our language and our daily actions to the land and seascape.” She further explains that, “NCN culture and the biodiversity of the region, cultivated from our ancient system of unique socio-cultural relations on this land and seascape over thousands of years, has been subjected to continuously erosive and targeted threats since the beginning of the relatively recent settler colonial era.”  Therefore, NCN language revitalization is crucial to preserve “culturally based, intrinsically sustainable stewardship principles embedded in NCN language,” and “aligns with the intent of UNESCO biosphere [regions], which are meant to nurture learning places where conservation of biodiversity is embedded in social and economic development.”

The CBT received four high quality applications for this year’s Biosphere Research Award which were reviewed by a Technical Review Committee composed of local experts. According to Dr. Laura Loucks, CBT’s Research Coordinator, “the CBT’s volunteer Research Award Technical Review Committee was very impressed with the high caliber of chuutsqa’s application and the decision to bequeath her with the 2017 CBT Research award was unanimous. One of the outstanding aspects of chuutsqa’s research proposal was her ability to make the link between endangered ecosystems and endangered cultures, explaining how Nuu-chah-nulth language patterns are inherently connected to both. As one Committee member put it, ‘if language is the most endangered element on the west coast, this is the conservation action we need to take’.” The CBT Board of Directors approved the Committee’s recommendation for funding at their June meeting and are equally impressed with chuutsqa’s research proposal.

Photo by Melody Charlie