Welcome to the Great Bear Rainforest
The Great Bear Rainforest is home to the largest intact coastal temperate rainforest remaining in the world, covering almost 6 million hectares. NatureBank has had the privilege of working with the First Nations on the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project for the past six years. Through this project we have seen firsthand the passion and value placed on the land of the First Nations. Wanting to tell the stories of those that have lived there for thousands of years and hold the real connection to the land, we began developing the following films.
With support from Telus Optik Community Programming and the production expertise of UBC Studios, these three films were created. The First Nations have been involved in every step of the production process to ensure their story is told in the true light. We hope to continue these series and develop sequential films to share the groundbreaking work the First Nations of the Great Bear Rainforest have been undertaking.
We hope you enjoy the films.
Great Bear Forest Carbon Project
This film provides insight into how the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project came to be and what the full impact the project has.
“If we take care of the earth, the earth will take care of us. What we have ended up with is the opportunity to take the natural environment and treat that with respect, concentrating more on what we leave there opposed to what we take and you can translate that into an economy.” – Art Sterritt, Former Executive Director, Great Bear Initiative Society
In this film we are introduced to the Great Bear Rainforest, the people who live there and their respect for biodiversity, specifically the bears. The Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation works with the University of Victoria conducting research to get a better understanding of local bear population, health and activities. The film showcases the work they are doing to make better management decisions for the bear habitat, and leverage this research for sustainable ecotourism.
This film takes a closer look at ecotourism and the value it has brought to the communities here. The mystery of the Spirit Bear has been influential in the growth of the tourism, but they are focused on growing tourism at a sustainable rate, and continuing to respect the land for generations to come.
“It was kind of life changing, it makes you think of all the things that are pure in the world.” – Mercy Mason, Cultural Ambassador Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nation on seeing the Spirit Bear for the first time.