SIMRES is organizing and hosting an exciting three day workshop based on the recently published book, The Sea Among Us; The Amazing Strait of Georgia. Workshop participants will include 18 university students guided by several contributing writers along with other leading scientists, educators and First Nations representatives. The objective of this workshop is to go beyond the contents of the Sea Among Us book and identify significant recommendations for the future. Join us in this important discussion about the future of our Strait of Georgia and the part it plays in the ecosystem of the entire Salish Sea.
The facilitators for this event include:
- Richard Dewey - Ocean Networks Canada (Physical Ocean & Climate Change)
- Paul Harrison - Book Contributor (Biological Oceanography)
- Natalie Ban - UVic Environmental Studies (Impact of/on Human Activities)
- Terry Glavin - Book Contributor (Pre Contact Period)
- Earl Claxton Jr. - Tsawout First Nation Elder (A First Nation's Perspective)
- Sandy McFarlane - Book Editor/Contributor (The Fisheries)
- Rick Harbo - Book Contributor (Invertebrates & Marine Plants)
- Dick Beamish - Book Editor/Contributor (The Fish)
- Andrew Trites - Book Contributor (Marine Mammals)
Read more about our facilitators here
- To develop a vision for the future of the marine ecosystems and human communities of the Strait of Georgia using the "Sea Among Us" book as a foundation
- To identify strategies for making this vision a reality.
Workshop participants will examine the Strait of Georgia and look to its future in the context of:
- Human interactions. Participants will examine the evolution of human relationships with the Strait of Georgia ecosystem from early First Nations relationships to our present day attitudes—and consider where we can go from here.
- The circle of life. Participants will explore the evolution and survival needs of our marine ecosystems from marine plants and invertebrates to the fish, and finally to the marine mammals—while considering how can we support the Strait of Georgia into the future.
- The physical environment. Participants will assess the impact of the physical and biological ocean on our human community—as well as the impact of climate change and human activities on the health of the Strait of Georgia—to find a balance that will support a healthy evolution of our marine ecosystems into the future.
Here’s how you can participate:
Join us for a public presentation about the workshop and an interactive discussion with the participants on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1:30 pm at the Saturna Community Hall. $10 at the door, 18 years and under are free
The presentation will be followed by a screening of Reaching Blue: Finding Hope Beneath the Surface, an award-winning locally produced film at 3:30 pm.
Join in an informal workshop breakfast at the Saturna Lodge from 9:00 am to 11:00 am Sunday morning. Meet and chat with workshop participants.
Workshop Itinerary (pdf)
SATURNA ISLAND, BC
SEPTEMBER 26, 2015
SEATALKS | Saturna Environmental Awareness Talks presented by Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society | SIMRES