BBQ & slide show raises Great Bear funds

A fundraiser in support of the Heiltsuk Nation will show people what an oil spill looks like based on images taken during the Great Bear Rainforest incident last fall.

The event set for Friday, Sept. 1 at Fulford Hall titled This is What a Spill Looks Like features underwater and wildlife photography by April Bencze and a talk by Jaimie Harris of the Heiltsuk Nation.

“The pair are fundraising to keep wild fisheries safe from spills and support the Heiltsuk Nation, who are struggling to recover from a devastating spill in their traditional territories,” states a press release from event organizer the RAVEN Trust. “Both Harris and Bencze were in Bella Bella in the fall of 2016 when the tug, Nathan E. Stewart, spilled over 110,000 litres of diesel fuel straight into the Heiltsuk’s main marine harvesting area.

“After spending weeks fighting to contain the oil spill, the Heiltsuk are now preparing a civil case against Kirby Corporation, and the government of Canada, to recover damages for loss of aboriginal rights to food, social and ceremonial harvesting, and the loss of their commercial harvesting of marine resources.”

Tickets are available through fundraise.raventrust.com/saltspring.

Friday’s fundraiser begins with a seafood barbecue at 6 p.m., followed by the slide show and talk at 7 p.m.

 

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