It was wonderful to sit on her front porch in the middle of a South Salt Spring forest. It’s been the home of five generations of Briony’s family. The warm early summer sun, birds chirping and even the odd handsaw working in the background provide an excellent setting for a chat. Briony is a writer, educator, artist and naturalist. She has an extensive bio that I cannot do justice in the few words I have here. So, here is a link to her bio if you want to learn more about her.
I had just come home from a weekend away with my family in Bamfield, BC where I had read Briony’s new book “Stories from the Magic Canoe.” I was primed to discuss her experience working with Wa’xaid (Cecil Paul), Xenaksiala elder from the Kitimat territory, specifically the Kitlope Valley. You can find out more about Briony’s books here, and her art here. (And, here is a link to my blog post that flowed from the powerful words in her book.) However, there was absolutely no chance that we could contain our conversation. The result is a free-ranging discussion about governance, de-centralization, energy policy, the Magic Canoe, climate change, and corporate influence in politics.
Only my time constraints limited the conversation, and we barely touched on important issues like LNG. I have a feeling this is just our first recorded discussion.
If you would like to learn more about Briony’s work you can contact her here.
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