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First Nations of the Pacific Northwest: Change and Tradition (Book Launch and Tour)

06/10/2009 8:00 pm
06/17/2009 8:00 pm

Dear friends (and friends of friends) -

I am writing to invite you to the launch of my newest book: First Nations of the Pacific Northwest: Change and Tradition.  
Please pass this email on to any of your friends and contact who might be interested in attending (all events are free and open to the public).

I am excited to be a contributor on this most unique and very well produced book (hardcover, 184 pages, and with 100 finely printed colour and archival photographs).  It was put together by the Westfalian Museum for Natural History in Muenster, Germany, as part of an exhibit they did on First Nations cultures of the Pacific Northwest.  I travelled to Germany, along with some of my Nuu-chah-nulth friends (Joe, Mary and Tsimka Martin), for the opening of the exhibit.

This book has not, until now, been available in Canada.  The first section, by Prof. Alfred Hendricks, is about traditional west coast culture and the effects that European contact had on it.  The second section is a series of interviews that I did (along with accompanying portraits) of residential school survivors.  Nothing like this has ever been brought to the public in Canada, and that is why I have worked so hard to import and distribute this book in Canada.  This is something that all Canadians should have access to - and that is why I did that project in the first place.

I hope that you will be able to attend one of my launch events.  This will include a multimedia show (film and photos) about Nuu-chah-nulth traditional culture as well as about some of the issues that affect them today, as well as a talk about the book and readings.  Members of the Martin family will be present at many of the events.  

The tour kicks off in Vancouver:
Wed. June 10th, 8pm, Alma van Dusen Room, Vancouver Public Library
and the following night is in Victoria:
Thurs. June 11th, Nellie McClung branch of the Greater Victorial Public Library
and is then followed June 12th through 17th with events in:
Nanaimo, Duncan, Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet.  Take a look at the full event schedule <> .

For more info:
About the book itself:
About the tour dates and venues:
About the 20+ retailers stocking it:
About me and my other books (one of which is a Canadian best-seller): <>

I hope to see you there - and please pass this email on to anyone else who might be interested in coming.  And feel free to contact me if you'd like any more information.

Thank you,

Jacqueline Windh PhD
PO Box 738
Tofino BC Canada V0R 2Z0
home/office +1-250-725-2484
cell +1-250-726-8946 <>



06/06/2009 8:00 am
06/06/2009 8:00 pm

Francois Depey writes to tell us of this event:

The Office of the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs invite you to participate in an All Nations Energy Summit.  All Nations addressing current energy issues including Enbridge Northern Gateway Project and the need for planning a sustainable energy future. 

ALL Nations Energy Summit
Date: June 6th 2009
Location: Moricetown Multiplex - 32 KM West of Smithers, BC


Keynote speakers and panelists representing all aspects of the
Northern Gateway pipeline, tanker traffic, and Alberta tar sands will
provide information to the public throughout the day to:

  • INFORM our Nations and northern communities of the potential environmental, legal, cultural and socio-economic, and cumulative impacts of proposed energy projects; look at sustainable energy options for the north and,
  • INSPIRE our Nations on asserting our rights, title and interests that would best represent our traditions, history and culture, ensuring that we are not accepting economics over impacts.



“Empower First Nations right to free, prior and informed consent on developments that would impact our Rights, Title and interest on unceded lands.”


  • Nation-to-Nation discussions addressing: “Inadequacies of environmental review processes, renewed call for independent panel, or parallel First Nation major project review process”.
  • Reiteration of the moratorium on tanker traffic.
  • Call for Moratorium on further tar sands expansion.
  • Drafting collective resolution for First Nations Leaders to sign.
  • All Nations addressing current energy issues including Enbridge Northern Gateway Project and the need for planning a sustainable energy future.

Agenda for the event will be forthcoming.

Roxanne Wesley 250-847-3630


Tara Marsden 250-614-3317



Related file: All Nations Energy Summit Registration Form


GEOIDE Annual Scientific Conference

05/27/2009 11:00 am
05/29/2009 11:00 am

Venue: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
Location: Vancouver, BC
Website: TBA



05/20/2009 8:00 am
05/22/2009 4:30 pm

The 2009 BC Land Summit will be an interdisciplinary conference organized by six professional organizations, all of whom share ties to land use in British Columbia and who will combine their 2009 annual conferences into this exciting joint venture.

The 2009 BC Land Summit will build on the success of the 2004 BC Land Summit in Vancouver, and will provide opportunities to learn, share ideas, collaborate and network with others working in diverse land-related fields.

The 2009 BC Land Summit – A Better Future: Adapting to Change
May 20th – 22nd, 2009
Telus Whistler Conference Centre
Whistler, British Columbia


A Better Future: Adapting to Change

The broad over-arching conference theme for the 2009 BC Land Summit is A Better Future: Adapting to Change. This theme recognizes the many different processes of change – from the global to the local – affecting land, land-use, and communities’ relationship with the land. This theme also adopts a positive, future-oriented perspective that recognizes the valuable and important need for informed adaptation as we move forward in the face of change.
Within the umbrella of the over-arching conference theme, the program will be organized into four sub-themes, outlined below.
We seek proposals for presentations, papers, workshops, media, and other unique forms of engagement – including mobile workshops, demonstration site tours, and more – that explore the many dimensions of change which are affecting land, land-use and communities across British Columbia and beyond.


Changing Place & Space – Communities in Transition:

This sub-theme will focus on human settlements and the built environment, from urban centres to small towns and rural communities, and the many diverse and sometimes contradictory forces of change affecting them. Topic areas that will be covered under this sub-theme include: housing, urban design, downtown revitalization, development economics, municipal taxation, green design, small town & rural community issues, issues of locality and identity, community engagement, resource communities in the contemporary context, issues of resort development, and more.

Changing Environments – Natural & Cultural Diversity:

The sub-theme will focus on the complex diversities of people, communities and the natural environment, and the dynamic issues facing them. Topic areas that will be covered under this sub-theme include: First Nations community issues, environmental & nature conservation, connecting with nature, water issues, food security, food quality and agriculture, agricultural land regulation and global/local impacts on agricultural lands, demographic change and cultural diversity, and more.

A World of Change – Growth & Globalization:

This sub-theme will focus on the major global, dynamic issues and challenges that are affecting and impacting the land, environment and all communities and regions. Topic areas that will be covered under this sub-theme will include: climate change, economic growth issues and globalization, community durability, energy and resources, governance, and more.

Change in Motion – Movement, Transportation & Travel:

This sub-theme will focus primarily on transportation, movement and travel at every level and scale and their vital, interactive relationship with land and land-use. Topic areas that will be included under this sub-theme include: public transit, transportation infrastructure, cycling, alternate modes of transportation, goods movement, travel and tourism, pedestrianization, jobs and housing balance, green transportation and more