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Vancouver, British Columbia — The Coastal Conservation department of BC Métis Federation (BCMF) was proud to host the Coastal Conference on October 21, 2023, a gathering dedicated to fostering awareness and action for the protection of our coastal ecosystems.
The event, held in Langley, BC, brought together 64 attendees as well as 14 guest speakers. Topics included aquatic conservation, eco lifestyle, palaeontology and climatology, invasive species, and youth initiatives. Métis Elder Betty Fisher gave both opening and closing prayers, and the event was emceed by Coastal Water Protector and BCMF member Jocelyn McIntosh.
“The first ever Coastal Conference exceeded our expectations,” said Angel Fisher, Director of Coastal Conservation. That sentiment was shared by Zia Yazdani, Coastal Manager. He said “We lef feeling full of gratitude for a full house in attendance and a stellar lineup of guest speakers, all sharing inspiring stories that motivate.”
With a general atmosphere of optimism and forward-looking activities and conversations, the Coastal Conference inspired, educated, and fostered a sense of responsibility towards coastal environments.
BCMF Coastal Water Protectors was created in the spring of 2021 with a team of eight. The team has since tripled in size and has members representing a range of communities from across the province. For more information, visit CoastalWaterProtectors.ca.
The BC Métis Federation (BCMF) is a non-profit association that works with Métis communities to ensure the well being of BCMF members. Through grassroots eforts, BCMF advocates on behalf of its many members, living all across the province.
Keith Henry, President, BC Métis Federation
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