In 1964 the Canadian government moved the ‘Nakwaxda’xw people from their tribal home at Ba’as (Blunden Harbour) on the mainland side of Queen Charlotte Strait to a reserve near Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island. Now they want to return to their traditional lands and waters that sustained them physically, spiritually and culturally since time immemorial.
The ‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation have filmed a video called Blunden Ba’as with director Cameron Dennison and Living Oceans about their application for Indigenous Community Conserved Areas and Territories (ICCA) status which is a key part of the ‘Nakwaxda’xw’s return. ICCAs are internationally recognized tribal parks that enrich indigenous communities’ ties to their culture and traditional territory while simultaneously protecting the ecosystem.
Living Oceans gratefully acknowledges the support of the Waitt Foundation in the production of Blunden Ba’as.
Dive hundreds of meters below the surface of B.C.'s coast with the Finding Coral Expedition. In June 2009 Living Oceans Society led the journey to the bottom of the sea on Canadas Pacific coast in search of deep sea corals. Using one person submarines, a team of international scientists made 30 dives to depths of over 500 meters and saw giant coral forests, darting schools of fish, and a seafloor carpeted in brittle stars.