How We Got Shell Out of the Sacred Headwaters


On December 18th, 2012, a monumental victory was achieved for British Columbia's Sacred Headwaters. The Sacred Headwaters are the shared birthplace of three of North America's greatest wild salmon rivers, which are a cornerstone for the local salmon-based economy. This wild place, beautiful beyond words, is the heart of of culture and tradition for the Tahltan and other northwest First Nations, Canada's indigenous people. It was here that Shell proposed to frack for gas across a million acres (400,000 hectares) of pristine wilderness.

Our interactive timeline tells the story of how ForestEthics worked with communities to put and end to Shell’s plans. Because of the courage of the Tahltan Nation to stand up against development, the communities living along the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine Rivers, downstream from the Sacred Headwaters uniting to protect salmon, and concerned people worldwide adding their voices of opposition, this pristine region is now protected from its plan.

ForestEthics is honored to be named along with nine other incredible projects this year as Tides’ Top Ten for our work in the Sacred Headwaters.

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