YOUTH CLIMATE CORPS BC - NORTH VANCOUVER ISLAND
Kwakwaka'wakw Revitalization Project, North Vancouver Island
We are excited to share the developments in our partnership with the Kwakwaka'wakw Revitalization Project, an Indigenous-led organization committed to enhancing food security and land rights for the Kwakwaka'wakw People. This collaboration aligns with the Youth Climate Corps BC' (YCCBC) mission to empower young people to create a sustainable future for their communities.
The Kwakwaka'wakw Revitalization Project
At the heart of our collaboration is the revitalization of a village on Ma'amtagila territories, located at the Northern Vancouver Island, overlooking the Eve river estuary on the Johnstone Strait. This village carries profound cultural significance for the Ma'amtagila tribe, which is part of the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation.
Decades ago, the Ma'amtagila People were unjustly uprooted from their ancestral village due to colonial policies. Today, this site is witnessing a remarkable transformation. New infrastructure has been established, and the village is now thriving year-round. It has become a vital centre for Indigenous resurgence, cross-cultural education, and overall well-being.
YCCBC is proud to contribute to this visionary project. YCCBC supports the project administrative assistance, fundraising efforts, and logistical coordination. We are committed to working under the guidance of Ma'amtagila Matriarchal leadership, Tsas, ensuring that our actions align with the community's vision and needs.
Dakota Smith - North Island Crew Program Coordinator
Dakota Smith, known as x̱a’nalas, is the North Island Crew Program Coordinator. Dakota's strong connection to the land and his commitment to environmental preservation make him a valuable addition to our team. His background in grassroots campaigns and dedication to Indigenous leadership will play a pivotal role in advancing our partnership with the Kwakwaka'wakw Revitalization Project.
Be Part of the Project
Visit our Contact Page to learn more about how you can contribute, support, or collaborate with us. Together, we can make a lasting impact on the environment, culture, and the generations to come.
Join the Movement
We invite you to be a part of this transformative journey. As we continue to make strides in environmental stewardship and Indigenous resurgence, your support and engagement are crucial. Connect with us to stay informed about our projects and initiatives, and join hands in shaping a sustainable and inclusive future.
Within Youth Climate Corps, crew members are between 17-30 years old; they earn wages, gain work experience, build networks, and develop themselves personally and professionally. Meanwhile, they complete projects that both benefit their own communities and support global efforts to act on the climate crisis.
If you or your organization wants to learn more about how to team up with us and move forward on projects in your community, or if you are interested in funding one of our projects related to our different focus areas, we are here to support you.