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General News · 1st March 2011
Sabina Mense
March 4, 5, & 6, 2011
at the ‘Big Hall’, Klahoose New Relations Building, Cortes Island

This workshop is being hosted by the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) Society to nurture educated and responsible dialogue within the Cortes Island community, which is presently facing challenges wrt living together with wild wolves.

Wildlife-human interactions between large carnivores; cougar, wolf, bear and ourselves, are the focus of work for many professional organizations, agencies and individuals across BC. The cultural and ecological knowledge of First Nations often provides the most profound insights into wildlife-human interactions.

Our slate of guest speakers for this workshop, spans this spectrum of knowledge:

Grace Hays/ Chickasaw First Nation, Wolf Medicine
Crystal McMillan/ Executive Director, Bear Smart BC
Danielle Thompson/ Cougar Researcher, National Park Service
Doug Brown/ Heiltsuk First Nation, Raincoast Field Station Coordinator
Chris Darimont/ Wolf Researcher, Raincoast Conservation Foundation
Joe Martin/ Tla-o-quiaht First Nation, Wolf Clan Member
Bob Hansen/ Wildlife-Conflict Specialist, Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

This community workshop is open to EVERYONE - to come to listen & dialogue
– to learn what we can about the wildlife we live with on Cortes Island and how to work towards co-existence with minimal conflict.

FOCI is honoured to be able to present this workshop in the ‘Big Hall’ at the Klahoose New Relations Building; our sincere thanks to Klahoose First Nation.
Upon arrival, please pay attention to directions given to specific parking areas.
Here is what the weekend REVISED AGENDA looks like, so you can pick and choose or just take it ALL in
Please note that we have lost some speakers due to travel difficulties & illness.

Friday, March 4
6:30 pm Klahoose Welcome and guest introductions
7:00 pm Community Potluck Dinner; come one, come all, to the ‘Big Hall’

8:00 pm First Nations Storytelling; an evening not to be missed

Saturday, March 5
9:00 am Morning coffee & tea; Open House display area

9:30 am Crystal McMillan presents:
Human-Wildlife Conflict: the human dimensions landscape
11:00 am Danielle Thompson presents:
Cougars, Wolves & Bears: exploring the underlying factors of human-carnivore interactions

12:30 – 1:30 pm lunch break

2:00 pm Bob Hansen presents:
A Journey on the Learning curve: the pursuit of understanding and the striving for co-existence with carnivores on the outer west coast
3:30 pm Grace Hays presents:
Human-Wolf Interactions: understanding wolf body language

5:00 – 7:00 pm dinner break
7:30 pm Community Dialogue with a round table of our guest speakers.
This is the opportunity for community members to ask questions, raise concerns, seek advice and share ideas.
9:00 pm Workshop closure.

Sunday, March 6
10:00 am We are offering our guests guided walks into Green Valley, Carrrington Lagoon and/ or Hank’s Beach; everyone is welcome to come along

FOCI looks forward to welcoming the Cortes Community to this special event!! Questions/ suggestions/ contributions - call Sabina at 6467 .