Wa’xaid, Cecil Paul, was the last person born in the Kitlope and is chief of the killer whale clan of the Xenaksiala. Under his leadership, protection of the Kitlope set the stage for what would become the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement. From a first ban on grizzly hunting to Indigenous Guardianship programs and co-management with the Haisla Nation, the legacy of the Kitlope continues to unfold on BC’s coast.
Now, the Kitlope is protected from logging, and the current ban protects grizzly bears from hunting, however, commercial guides are still bringing trophy hunters into the region. We are currently raising funds to purchase the commercial hunting rights to stop trophy hunting in this place that Wa’xaid calls the bank of his people.
On Thursday we will be at the University of Victoria for an event highlighting Wa’xaid’s new book, Stories from the Magic Canoe. This evening will take us into the story of Wa’xaid, as told to Briony Penn, who co-authored the book. We will also hear from cultural presenter and daughter of Cecil Paul, Cecelia Reekie, Raincoast’s Brian Falconer, and photographer Alex Harris, hosted by CBC’s Bob McDonald.
Here are more details on the event.