Kate Middleton and Prince William eight days’ trip to the west coast of Canada included indulging the aboriginal cultures (First Nations’) and a visit to the Great Bear Rainforest.
Stormy weather thwarted the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge scheduled aerial tour over the Great Bear Rainforest, but they got to see parts of it from the ground. Scheduled boat tours were also cancelled. A different kind of storm has been imbuing for some time between the First Nations, environmentalists (who had fought, on the same side, for many decades to protect and preserve this natural, unspoilt place) and those vying to use the forest as a gateway for the crude oil pipeline, logging and other development ventures. On the pipeline’s subject, Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was quoted as saying” there is no changing on my thinking. My thinking has always been that we need to get our resources to market, but we need to do that in responsible, sustainable, thoughtful ways.” But this was months ago! Some things have since changed accordingly to recent media reports. To the dismay of the environmentally-conscious advocates, “the federal government gave conditional approval to the massive Pacific NorthWest LNG project planned for British Columbia’s northwest coast.”— The Star, September 27, 2016. CBC News quoted the region’s environment minister as saying “environment and the economy must go hand in hand.”
Where does this leaves the Great Bear Rainforest? The place noted as “The Last Remaining Temperate Rainforest in the World?” Only time will tell. But there is some good news.
After arriving by seaplane at the “Grand Entrance to the Great Bear Rainforest” in Bella Coola, Prince Williams gave a passionate speech there on nature and the environment in part “when we protect our rivers, oceans, atmospheres, or like today, our forests, we are telling our children that their future prosperity cannot be disconnected from the health of the natural world. “Her Majesty is immensely grateful to you, and the people of Canada, for the leadership you have shown in making this contribution. I have no doubt that other Commonwealth nations will be inspired by what you have achieved here.”
He went on to announced the inclusion of the Great Bear forest under the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The Commonwealth’s motto is “Together our forests will thrive.” Accordingly, to the organization’s website, its “citizens are leading the world in efforts to protect the forest – forest that their communities and the planet as a whole depend on.”
Comprising 6.4 million hectares of British Columbia’s coast, the Great Bear Rainforest is home to 26 separate First Nations (tribes) and an array of native plants, wildlife species (including the rare and treasured Spirit Bear (Kermode).
The Legend Of Moksgm’ol: The Spirit Bear
Also see the Great Bear Rainforest Lodge “Spirit Bear Lodge” by L’ EcoResorts.