The long winding journey to Tofino brings you to Clayoquot Sound, home of the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht and
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations. A place of wonder, this globally significant rainforest is more threatened than ever. Please help protect it today!
Why was Cermaq Canada rewarded for breaking sea lice regulations at their Bawden Point salmon farm near Tofino?
Clayoquot Action recognises and supports the Indigenous Rights and Title of the Hesquiaht, Ahousaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations – stewards since time immemorial of the lands and waters now called Clayoquot Sound.
Clayoquot Action cofounders Bonny Glambeck and Dan Lewis were key organizers of the 1993 Clayoquot Summer peaceful mass protests. They know that major corporations can be stopped in their tracks by informed and determined people.
Wild salmon are the backbone of the BC coast, but they are on the brink of extinction. Join the growing movement to protect wild salmon and everything that depends on them, from orcas and wolves to bears and ancient cedars.
The Nuuchahnulth First Nations have a saying, “hišukiš c̓awaak”, which means “everything is one and interconnected”. Wild salmon provide the missing nitrogen which grows ancient cedars to monumental size. They fatten up bears, and feed people through long winters. Although the logging of ancient forests has been halted in Clayoquot Sound, the forests will not survive without wild salmon.
The last couple of years have been really hard. No-one was expecting a global pandemic to turn our lives upside down, in the process highlighting the weaknesses of the global economy. The pandemic has disproportionately affected Indigenous people and people of colour. Meanwhile, billionaires have made many billions more—during the pandemic.
The vulnerability of global supply chains has become obvious. The climate crisis struck British Columbia particularly hard in 2021. First with a heat dome that killed hundreds of people, then with flooding that forced whole cities to evacuate, wiping out major infrastructure such as railways, highways and pipelines.
The findings of unmarked graves of hundreds of children at former residential school sites haunt survivors, and remind us all that we have a long way to go in correcting and healing from the harms and injustices of colonialism.
These are challenging times——and there is a need for bold visions in order to move forward. Protecting the Earth’s remaining wild areas will be an important part of this vision, as will respecting Indigenous Rights and Title, and making reparations for the legacy of colonial injustices.
Although these challenges are global in nature, the best place to bring about change is locally, at the community level. Clayoquot Sound has a long history of Indigenous leaders and their allies successfully protecting the natural spaces known as waałyuu (home). And history is still being made here as we move forward together on a path of reconciliation.
Clayoquot Action is funded by donations from people like you. No amount is too small, and every dollar goes directly towards our mission of protecting Clayoquot Sound for future generations. Thank you.