Sea Level Rise in Deep History – Coastal First Nations Flood Stories

ACT, along with local partners, is excited to offer the following free public discussion series, running until November 2017:

The Octopus’s Garden? Planning for Sea Level Rise 

Regions around the world are experiencing climate change impacts such as droughts, floods, wildfires, and heat waves, while planning for the long-term effects of sea level rise and coastal storms. These stressors are driving damages and increased costs for communities, and increasing the risk of mass migration.

Building on the success of the Resiliency and YOU talk, this series runs from June-November 2017, and features experts on sea level rise from a variety of backgrounds who will address ways we can adapt and build resilience, with a focus on local to global challenges and solutions. Topics to be addressed include the science and physical challenges to sea level rise, local, provincial and international preparations and initiatives, climate refugees, traditional knowledge and indigenous responses to sea level rise, and finally what to expect globally – and what we can do about it locally.

Join us for the next talk in the series:

September 21, 7 pm: Sea Level Rise in Deep History – Coastal First Nations Flood Stories


Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish Nation
Chief Ian Campbell or Xalek, his ancestral name and Sekyu Siyam his Chieftain name is from the village of K’ik’elxn (Port Mellon) on the west side of Howe Sound. He is one of sixteen Hereditary Chiefs of the Squamish Nation and is in his second term as an elected Councillor for the Squamish Nation Chiefs and Council, appointed as a Political Spokesperson. Since 1999 Chief Campbell has been the Cultural Ambassador and Negotiator for the Intergovernmental Relations Department of the Squamish Nation.

Captain Gold, elder, Haida Historian, author and visionary
Captain Gold was born in the Skidegate Haida Village in 1942 with the English name of Richard Wilson. He was raised among the Haida Elders whose lifestyle of living with Mother nature is one he still follows today. He is the original Haida watchman, a program that respects traditional Haida laws and monitors and protects the lands and waters of their territory to ensure a vibrant future for generations to come. Captain Gold is also an artist, author and Haida historian.

Click here to register for this talk.

Other upcoming talks:

  • October 5, 6:30 pm: Sea Level Rise and the International Response – Policy ActionFeaturing: Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands; Tamsin Lyle, Principal, Ebbwater Consulting; Deborah Carlson, Staff Counsel for Green Communities Program, West Coast Environmental Law.
  • October 19, 7 pm: Sea Level Rise and Forced Migration – The Challenges for Climate RefugeesFeaturing: Saleemul Huq, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development; James Horncastle, Lecturer, Hellenic Studies Program at SFU; Anna Zhuo, co-founder of Climate Migrants and Refugees Project.
  • November 8, 7 pm: Sea Level Rise – The Big PictureFeaturing: John Englander, Oceanographer, Consultant and expert on sea level rise; Gil Kelley, General Manager of Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability, City of Vancouver.

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