Salmon are a foundation species in British Columbia. What does that mean? It means salmon are an integral (or foundational) element of B.C. ecosystems. We have partnered with the Take a Stand Outreach Program to bring you an interactive virtual presentation about the value of healthy salmon habitats.

On January 21 at 4:00 pm, Take a Stand for Salmon will showcase the natural beauty of British Columbia including its urban nature areas and unique coastal wilderness. The rich First Nations cultures in the province will also be highlighted, with an emphasis on the communities and ecosystems of central and northern B.C.

The presentation includes the screening of an award-winning documentary film and an interactive question and answer session.

Learn why wild salmon is a foundational species, examine the present threats to wild salmon populations and learn what you can do to help protect wild salmon. Explore the vast beauty, ecological interconnections and cultural importance of the Great Bear Rainforest and the Salish Sea. Explore the wild salmon habitats in our own backyards and find out how art, film and science can be used to protect urban salmon habitats.

The Take a Stand team includes Dr. Allison Kermode, Norm Hann and Fernando Lessa. Kermode is the director and co-founder of the Stand program. She is the author of over 100 research publications and is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at SFU. Hann is a key educator in the Take a Stand Outreach Program. Hann has worked in the Great Bear Rainforest for over 20 years and has fought for the protection of wildlife and food harvesting areas of the First Nations on the B.C. coast. Lessa is an educator and photographer Lessa has published several books and documentary films on urban salmon.

Join us for what promises to be an inspiring and informative virtual presentation. Tickets are $5 (free for members).