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What does conservation mean to you?

Give Green Canada/G2, a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform, and the Stewardship Centre for BC (SCBC) have come together for “Creating Stewardship Legacies.” It’s a celebration of individuals who are working hard every day to help protect our land and wateryouth, elders, First Nations, ranchersa wide range of British Columbians from all walks of life, as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation.

Some are volunteers, dedicated to spending time protecting the land and water around them. Some are staff with environmental organizations. Others have provided legacy gifts of land, money or other resources, to support the protection of special areas.

“Conservation means many things to me, coming from a very personal and individual place, to a perspective of balance at a much larger scale for humanity on this planet. I think at its simplest, I see conservation as acting on the acknowledgment and humility that we’re one of many and are intrinsically dependent on that web.” Jenna Falk, Galiano Conservancy

“Creating Stewardship Legacies” includes a new website that was launched this week, as part of the SCBC website, with a host of helpful resources—some of which are detailed below.

The campaign also celebrates the many Canadians who are planning a gift that will make a lasting difference – a green legacy.

Speaking of legacies, you can take the “Will Quiz” on the new website to test your knowledge about wills. Simply answer each question, hit submit, and then click on “View your Accuracy” to see how you did. There is also a link to G2’s helpful “Green Legacies Guide,” published last year in collaboration with the Land Trust Alliance of BC.

You can participate by nominating a conservation champion in your community. Please help celebrate their contributions by filling out the champion nomination form.

The new site also covers a host of conservation and stewardship tips, including:

And watch for Give Green and SCBC’s “Creating Stewardship Legacies” BC Transit shelter ads, like the one below, in February and March.

Community stories share local food successes in northern Manitoba

928 kilometres north of Winnipeg, Manitoba lies Barren Lands First Nation and Brochet. Facing high food costs, the community of just over 600 people expanded on an already existing interest in gardening by building a 14 x 20-foot greenhouse in 2013 in coordination with their local health centre and the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative (NMFCCC). This is only one of many inspiring examples from the NMFCCC 2016 Community Stories booklet, which shares learnings from 18 communities.

Why freshwater matters: Our Living Waters and MEC

Our Living Waters (OLW) is a national water network that recognizes that achieving freshwater conservation requires the organization and alignment of diverse groups addressing freshwater issues. Outdoor retailer MEC is one organization deeply involved with OLW. We interviewed Meriko Kubota, MEC’s Director, Strategic Partnerships and Community Investment, to find out why freshwater is important in Canada and to MEC and its members.

Learning trip to Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Sherridon, Manitoba

Two weeks into my new role as Program Associate with Tides Canada working on the Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative (NMFCCC), I had the opportunity to go on the 2016 NMFCCC Learning Trip. The Collaborative’s fourth learning trip took us to Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) and Sherridon for one week. The trip provides the Collaborative’s funders with an opportunity to get to know the community partners, learn about life in northern communities, and understand some of the challenges the people on the ground face.