John Aitken: Activist

I feel compelled to take action in regards to Indigenous, Metis, and Inuit issues. I need to engage with the community in some way which shifts society as a whole towards reconciliation.

I believe for all of us to move forward towards reconciliation; we must all work together.

Red Dress ceremony, Mayne Island BC
Photo Credit: Toby Snelgrove

North by Northwest Interview

Mayne Island resident John Aitken and the public library launch the winter reading challenge.

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The Red Dress Project

Special thanks to Amber Harvey for the poem which became the lyrics for the soundtrack created by Crystal DjKwe Favel.

Photographs are courtesy of  Toby Snelgrove and Bill Jamieson.

Photo Credits: Toby Snelgrove

Water Installation

An installation to bring attention to issues surrounding clean, accessible water.

Photo Credits: Toby Snelgrove

Water Is Life: Honouring Clean Water

School children were asked to think about the importance of water in their world and to create a picture and a caption to go along with their picture. After reflecting and sharing some ideas with each other, here were some of the younger students “big ideas” about water is life:

  • Every animal needs water
  • Sharks need water to live
  • Everything needs water
  • Tigers need water
  • Super sharks need water
  • Trees need water
  • Orcas need water
  • Forests need water
  • People need water
  • Birds need water
  • The tree and the girl need water
  • Everything needs water

Older students summed it up this way:

Water impacts everything: it impacts towns, cities industries, food, animals, and people.

Water is everything. Without water, we could not live.

Teacher testimonials:

This process encouraged the children to connect to an important idea that water is life, it is precious. Viewing the water installation the children understood the symbolism of the water bottles going upstream and the connection to salmon returning to the river. Through this process, they made the critical connection that many people do not have access to clean water and that it is precious and needs to be conserved.

As teachers, we were inspired by the thoughtful responses shared by the students.

Mayne Island Stands With Standing Rock

Members of the Community of Mayne Island, BC, Canada came together on November 15, 2016, to show their support for the Water Protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota in opposition to the pipeline under construction of Sioux Territory lands.

Music Credit: Night of the Owl, Kevin MacLeod, incompetech.com
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

Island Tides Interview

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Mayne Island Conservancy Society Article

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