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Ali Howard climbing out of the Skeena River to greet the Kitselas peoples during her epic swim.
NEWS RELEASE · 9th December 2010
Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition (SWCC) is pleased to announce that it has been named one of Tides Canada’s Top 10 recipients today.

The Tides Canada Top 10 recognizes initiatives that have demonstrated exceptional leadership, vision and real-world impact in addressing important environmental and social problems.

Since 2003, Tides Canada has profiled 10 outstanding initiatives and organizations that inspire people throughout Canada to think in new ways and to make the world a better place.

Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition was chosen for:

1.) working effectively as a coalition of diverse communities united in their pursuit of environmental and cultural sustainability for British Columbia’s Skeena Watershed and Sacred Headwaters.

2.) unique school programs and a summer conservation camp for the region’s children and youth that teach about fish and wildlife, First Nations culture and the importance of the Skeena watershed.

3.) getting people focused on solutions over problems and working closely with First Nations to teach the cultural components of their projects and programs.

4.) Awakening the Skeena, a film which follows Ali Howard on her historic swim of the 610-kilometre Skeena River, uniting communities with each other and with their shared watershed, and raising awareness of the threats to the Skeena’s health; it has premiered in film festivals across North America.

“We’re honoured to help represent the communities of Northwestern BC and this award is a reflection of all the organizations and communities that have dedicated their time & energy towards a better future, we are only as strong as the people that support us,” says SWCC Executive Director, Shannon McPhail, “We love where we live and the people who live here and will never stop doing this work.”