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The Gallery is located on the upper level of Maurice Young Millennium Place in Whistler Village. It is open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and on Sundays from 4pm to 7pm. The Whistler Arts Council curates a variety of unique art exhibitions in The Gallery each year, most of which feature local and Canadian artists. Admission is free.
The Gallery at Millennium Place chats with Whistler artist Baz Carolan in Episode #1 of the Backdrop Sessions
THE ART SHOW
April 7-June 7 | The Gallery at Millennium Place | Free Admission
This art show aims to publicize this critical issue and support the continued well-being of these important headwaters. The free exhibit includes photography from landscape photographer Paul Colangelo and artwork from several First Nations and BC community members, as they have been invited to interpret his photographs through a variety of art forms and mediums. This unique concept showcases in a visual celebration of a breathtakingly beautiful, fragile, and important land. This land not only supports an intricate and rich ecology, but also provides home, life, and livelihood to everyone in the area and downstream of the three rivers that have their source here – the Skeena, the Nass and the Stikine.
The show brings people together to see beauty, hear about the history of the area, and learn about why the Tahltan and their downstream neighbours have been fighting to keep resource development in the area sane, ethical, and safe. Funds raised from this initiative will be donated to the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ATTENDED OUR
EVENING ART SOCIAL
APRIL 27 | MILLENNIUM PLACE
The evening featured a talk and slideshow from photographer Paul Colangelo, Cynthia McCreery shared information about the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition and Anita McPhee spoke on behalf of the Tahltan Nation as their past president.
Proceeds from the event raised funds for the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.
Photos and video from the event coming soon.
“Photographing the Sacred Headwaters has been an honour. On top of being a magnificent, pristine wilderness home to grizzlies, wolves and mountain sheep, it plays such an important role in the local culture and history—I'm humbled to witness it and share it with others through photographs.” – Paul Colangelo
Photography: Paul Colangelo
Ann teaches Leadership, Business Ethics and Sustainable Community Development. As an established landscape artist, she takes her inspiration from the beautiful wild places that she and her husband have found in the Northwest, canoeing or kayaking. A canoe trip down the Stikine River with friends was her first introduction to the remote Tahltan country. It was love at first sight.
Painting: Anne Perodeau
SAVE NORTHERN BC’S SACRED HEADWATERS
The environmentally fragile headwaters of three critical rivers in Northern BC are currently at risk; threatened by new mining and drilling operations. The Skeena, the Nass, and the Stikine rivers are home to wild salmon, and are the site of salmon spawning each year. The watershed area is also home to a large population of grizzly bears, stone sheep, goats, wolves, and caribou.
All five species of wild Pacific salmon live in the Skeena system, supporting Canada’s second largest wild salmon fishery next to that of the Fraser. A 2005 study by IBM Business Consulting found that Skeena salmon contribute some $110 million to the region’s annual economy. In addition to a commercial ocean fishery at the Skeena’s mouth, the watershed supports an internationally renowned sport angling industry that draws people from around the world to the region each year. Salmon are also the foundation of the watershed’s First Nations cultures, and traditional food fisheries continue today as they have for millennia, at fishing sites up and down the length of the Skeena.
As the Sacred Headwaters area (also known as the Klappan Tenure) is rich in mineral and energy resources, there have been several industrial development projects planned, including open-pit coal mines and a methane-extraction project. While these projects pose a potentially positive economic impact on British Columbia, the risk of negative impact from these projects on the surrounding ecosystems is undeniable.
Several large corporations have proposed plans to exploit the Sacred Headwaters for coalbed methane (CBM) gas. Such a development would see the wild landscape of the Sacred Headwaters turned into an industrial maze of wellheads, roads and pipelines. CBM development generally leaves a large footprint on land and surrounding areas, including waterways. When land is cleared for CBM development, runoff increases, meaning that erosion occurs and sediment from the cleared land enters streams. This sediment can cover spawning beds, smother fish eggs, and muddy the water, making it more difficult for fish to find food. A reduction in total stream flow due to increased sediment deposits could eventually cause these spawning grounds to disappear forever. Also, a reduction in groundwater due to water being removed for CBM purposes means that stream temperatures would not be regulated, leading to fish eggs freezing in the winter and fry hatching too late to feed adequately.
Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition has been working since 2004 to protect the Sacred Headwaters from coalbed methane development. Their work has included conducting public outreach and education, mobilizing residents of the Skeena watershed, and engaging in dialogue with Shell and the BC government.