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A photographer looks back at Greenpeace’s early years – Part 3

Originally published on Greenpeace International

Editors Note: Rex Weyler is now a resident of Cortes IslandPart 1 of this series is published here and Part 2 is here.

From 1974 to 1982, I served as photographer on Greenpeace campaigns. Here are a dozen photographs from those years and some memories that they evoke. 

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The First Nations calling for a renewal of fish farm licenses

Editor’s note: The licenses for 79 fish farms will come up for renewal by the end of June, 2022. If the Department of Fisheries fails to reissue them, there will only be seven farms left in the province. These are all in the Broughton Archipelago and their licenses come up for renewal in 2023. 

On March 21, a group of what was supposedly 17 First Nations supporting the fish farming industry put out a press release. Cortes Currents is not on the First Nations for Finfish Stewardship email list, and at that point had not heard of the group. We subsequently asked Dallas Smith, spokesperson for this coalition, for an interview. When he did not reply, Cortes Currents published a write-up largely based on that original press release. Within hours of posting a link through social media, someone directed Cortes Currents to independent biologist Alexandra Morton’s Facebook page where there was evidence that this group of 17 was at best 12 and more likely 11 First Nations. Since then, the list has grown smaller. 

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Project growing Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw souls through language, land, culture and technology

Windspeaker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Sara Child, Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw, wants to “unlock” the power of the Kwak̓wala language and, if she and her team are successful, it could mean that other Indigenous peoples will have the keys to revitalize their endangered languages as well.

Child is a professor in Indigenous education at North Island College. The not-for-profit society she established in 2017, the Sanyakola Foundation, has received several years funding (May 2021 to May 2024) through the Mitacs Indigenous Pathways program.

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Orange t-shirts provide opportunities for conversations with survivors finally free to speak

Windspeaker, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The strength of our people to walk that road in silence for so long is amazing. And I’m glad they’re talking about it now though, because those stories really need to get heard.” —Liz Carter

For Devan Carter of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation, making orange t-shirts is a way to amplify voices that Canada and the churches have tried to silence, he said.

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Newest Island Class BC Ferries receive Indigenous names

CKTZ News, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In a special naming ceremony in Victoria’s harbour, the third and fourth Island Class ferries destined for the Campbell River – Quadra Island route were officially designated as “Island Nagalis” and “Island K’ulut’a.”

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