Caring for all our Relatives with ṮEṮÁĆES Climate Action

The ṮEṮÁĆES Climate Action project was created by the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council and the Southern Gulf Islands Community Resource Centre to look after these relatives of the deep: to reconnect W̱SÁNEĆ and non-indigenous youth in the Southern Gulf Islands – the ṮEṮÁĆES – to the land and water, to share traditional knowledge, and to explore decolonizing approaches to climate action.

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Compost Hotspot

Compost Hotspot Our new Compost Hotspot is located at the Food Forest and provides hands-on education to island residents and GCA program participants on the full range of composting practices, tools, and available products. In addition, we compost organic wastes from GCA activities and partner restaurants in order to produce organic compost and fertilizers to […]

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Conservation and Deer on Galiano Island

Background The Southern Gulf Islands are home to populations of native Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) and, in some cases, introduced fallow deer (Dama dama).  Due to the near-extirpation of native predator populations (including wolves, cougars, and bears) from the islands, and decreasing human hunting pressure over the past century, local deer populations have […]

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Food Forest Wonderland

SINGLE DAY (Grades K-12) Buzz around the Millard Learning Centre’s Food Forest among native pollinators and a diversity of colourful, edible and medicinal plants. Get your hands dirty while engaging in permaculture gardening, hot composting and pollinator habitat protection.

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Native Plant Inspirations

SINGLE DAY (Grades K-12) Experience the healing power of the forest and explore the world of native plants through touch, smell and taste. Learn how to ethically harvest wild food and medicine plants yourself and make herbal remedies to take home.

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Inspired by Native Plants

Come try our new NATIVE PLANT INSPITATIONS education program Native Plant Inspirations is a new education program centred around the Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest, at the Millard Learning Centre where we introduce the students to a variety of native and naturalized plants. The Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest is a garden and restoration learning space, where native plants which […]

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Pollinator Power! – Salt Spring Island Elementary’s Busy Bees

Salt Spring Island Elementary buzzed around the Millard Learning Centre Forest Garden and Forage Forest  having participated in the GCA’s new People, Plants and Pollinators education program!  The students flexed their green thumbs while building “lasagna” planting beds – a soil bulking method where nitrogen and carbon-rich organic materials are layered on top of each other. On top […]

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Bees and Seed Bombs with Rockheights Middle School

This past Thursday and Friday we were excited to welcome Rockheights Middle Schoolers from Esquimalt for a Two-Day, One-Night Adventure. This enthusiastic group of grade eight students participated in a pilot of our new People, Plants, and Pollinators program followed by our established Forest Ecology Program. Our pollinator program kicked off with an introduction to […]

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