A River Runs above Us – Hakai Magazine

Atmospheric rivers occur all over the world in this global view from February, 2017. Illustration courtesy of NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio - Lead Animator: Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC), VIRRS Suomi NPP natural color image courtesy of NASA/Earth Observatory/Jesse Allen)

In mid-November 2021, a great storm begins brewing in the central Pacific Ocean north of Hawai‘i. Especially warm water, heated by the sun, steams off the sea surface and funnels into the sky.

A tendril of this floating moisture sweeps eastward across the ocean. It rides the winds for a day until it reaches the coasts of British Columbia and Washington State. There, the storm hits air turbulence, which pushes it into position—straight over British Columbia’s Fraser River valley….

How First Nations Are Asserting Sovereignty Over Their Lands and Waters – the Tyee

Bighouse and Ceremonial Canoe, Klemtu, BC (by Alan CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

Indigenous Marine Protected and Conserved Areas hold a key to food security and balancing ecological and economic priorities. Part one of two.
Kitasu Bay sits within the traditional territory of the Kitasoo Xai’xais First Nation and is located on the Central Coast of British Columbia. Last summer the nation declared it a protected area under their own laws, closing it to commercial harvest by non-Indigenous fishers. Their declaration invited the provincial and federal governments to work with them to develop a co-governance model, but added, “we seek no permission…”