The New House of Solidarity


Join the team
We are carrying on with team development, activist support, and skills training at the new House of Solidarity. In the past two decades, our workshops have demonstrated fresh tactics and superior strategies to thousands of protectors. Your contribution makes this peaceful resistance possible.

WildCoast is grassroots, eco-feminist, anti-racist, and fierce in defense of the land. We don't have fancy offices or high-paid staff, just a fighting spirit and the courage to win.


Help supply our teams with equipment, food, and travel to the frontlines.


Saving what's left of the Walbran Valley

The court order blocking protests in the Walbran Valley EXPIRED in 2016. Activists across southern Vancouver Island are on guard to stop logging in the cathedral forests adjacent to the Carmanah-Walbran provincial park.

VIC FAN is standing by with legal support, a supply depot, and training to help keep the peace. Please get in touch to help.

Read our Open Letter to Teal Jones

Teal Jones Logging wanted feedback about its logging plan

Pledging support for communities resisting pipelines


VICTORIA - Four years ago, Forest Action Network and indigenous activists announced the next phase of the grassroots movement against pipelines.

In the face of mounting threats to force pipelines across unceded indigenous territory to the coast, Forest Action Network and other local groups stepped up with concrete support for the resistance movement.

  • Tankers, fracked gas terminals, pipelines, and tar sands have no place on the coast. We pledge to do whatever is necessary to keep them out.
  • We are teaching non-violent protest strategies to everyone on the coast who's willing to learn. In the past two weeks, over 800 people attended civil disobedience workshops and solidarity trainings in Victoria and Vancouver to stop the pipelines. Email ac.tsaocdliw|eoz#ac.tsaocdliw|eoz to request a training session.
  • We pledge to raise funds to defend anyone who risks arrest to stop the pipelines. Support the Eco Warriors Legal Trust.
  • The province and the oil and gas industry are making plans to try and evict our friends at Unis'tot'en Camp, and we promise to come to their aid.
  • We support all peaceful warriors.
  • Investors and government should beware. We are driven by our love for the land and the coast. We won't stop, and we are determined to win.

Protect the Sacred Headwaters from coal mining


The Sacred Headwaters is the birthplace of Stikine, Nass, and Skeena, three of Northern BC’s major salmon-bearing rivers. Thousands of people from the northern interior to the coast depend on these watersheds for their livelihood and for the well-being of their families and communities. Now Fortune Minerals is actively test-drilling Klappan Mountain for an environmental assessment for a coal mine in the heart of the Sacred Headwaters.

Sign the petition. Pledge to join the Klabona Keepers. Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition
Rally in Victoria, August 31, 2013 (Ann Jacobs)

We're honoured to be called Unist'ot'en allies


Join the frontlines against pipelines! (or help out behind the scenes). Info here.

In northern BC, an indigenous community is thriving in the pipelines’ path. A permaculture garden, a solar-powered electric grid, a bunkhouse, elders’ trailers, campgrounds, a root cellar, a traditional Wet’suwet’en pithouse and a two-story healing center and counseling space have all been built with crowd-sourced funds and volunteer labor. Thank you to everyone who is a part of this community!

Get involved with the Unis'to'ten volunteers. More info at

Unis'tot'en defenders evict pipeline crews from their territory


In July 2015, only a few days after the caravan left, the camp came under more pressure from pipeline companies trying to push into unceded indigenous territory. On July 19, the Unis'tot'en defenders evicted yet another pipeline crew from the territory. This time it was a two-person team that came in by helicopter.

This was the third time the defenders have sent surveyors packing and warned them not to come back. It seems the higher-ups decided to ignore the warnings.

We're getting ready to respond when there's a call for a day of action. It's a great opportunity to get with friends and build the resistance to pipelines and oil tankers.


Grassroots Wet'suwet'en people vs. the pipelines

The latest pipeline proposal for the "Energy Corridor" between Prince George and Kitimat has shifted the route to pass south of Unis'tot'en Camp.

Center: Wedzin Kwah (Morice River), the point where grassroots Wet'suwet'en people are making a stand to stop pipeline companies from entering their unceded territory.

Top to bottom: Unis'tot'en Camp (star), Morice River West Forest Service Road (white line), fracking pipelines Pacific Trail (red) and Coastal Gas (blue); Enbridge Northern Gateway tar sands pipeline (black).

indigenous activists are building a community two homes on the pipeline route on the bank of Wedzin Kwah.

The first time a pipeline surveying crew tried to come onto the land was November 2012. The crews were given trespass notices and escorted back across the bridge, off Unis'tot'en Clan land.

More about Unis'tot'en Camp.

Harper's wrecking crew


Last year, 2.5 million lakes and waterways were protected in Canada.

Today that total is 62 rivers and 93 lakes.

The San Juan River is not one of them.

The San Juan River is home to four salmon runs, ducks, geese, swans, otters, seals, and eagles.

Goldstream River and its salmon runs are no longer protected.


Cowichan River and its salmon runs are no longer protected.

Cowichan Lake and its fish habitat are no longer protected.

Chemainus River and its salmon runs are no longer protected.

Sooke River and its salmon runs are no longer protected.

In 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Omnibus Budget stripped away the rules that protected our rivers, lakes, and habitat for decades.

Now, entire ecosystems can be bulldozed, blasted, and paved over without consultation.

That's just one reason why indigenous people are rising up across the country.

Now is the time for all of us to defend the land, the water, the animals, and all living things.

Stand with the defenders of the Wild Coast.

Photos: San Juan River by Zoe Blunt


Win for Juan de Fuca Park

Read the report on strategies and tactics.

It was epic! Three days of public hearings, 250 speakers, and over 400 submissions — all but a few opposed. Testimonials came from Sooke, Jordan River, Otter Point, East Sooke, Port Renfrew, Pacheedaht First Nation, Metchosin, Shirley, Victoria, Langford, Saanich, Duncan, Cowichan, Vancouver, Ontario, even Israel and Belgium.

The following day, one after the other, three of the five committee members announced they were changing their votes to stop the vacation home development at Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Park.

The vote on September 14 was unanimous.

We won by shifting the balance toward the public interest. We won because hundreds of people came together to declare their commitment to protecting the forestlands. Politicians, newspapers, radio, and television heard you loud and clear. Congratulations!

But the Juan de Fuca development proposal is only a symptom. The deeper problem lies with a small group of landowners who think they're entitled to profit at the expense of parks and livability. We defeated this proposal. But what about the next one, and the one after that?

Going forward: Time to restore sanity and the public interest to land-use decisions.
  • Restore watersheds and wildlife habitat
  • Stop logging in old-growth ecosystems
  • Protect forestlands and wildlife
  • Respect indigenous land rights
  • Preserve our parks

Where we stand: Vancouver Island's natural heritage


Mapping the Wild Coast

Students and community groups are working together for a new land-use vision on the south coast of Vancouver Island. The community mapping project focuses on the public's interest in preserving forestlands, rivers, and creeks. From Port Renfrew to Sooke and beyond, residents and visitors can witness the far-reaching effects of clearcut logging on the landscape, water, and wildlife. Support our work mapping old-growth groves and special places before it's too late.

Thanks to all these good folks, without whom this work would not be possible:

This work is carried out with the aid of a grant from the Freedonia Cooperation.
Special thanks to Mountain Equipment Co-operative for its generous support of the Wild Coast Mapping Project.


Karst at Avatar Grove

Fragile geology may require protection under the law
Go here to view the map. Go here to read more about the grove.

July 14, 2010 - There's more than meets the eye in Avatar Grove. This strange forest of twisted giants near Port Renfrew, BC may be home to ecologically-sensitive karst (limestone formations) as well as huge gnarly trees. Researchers with Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network (VIC FAN ) have documented landscape features that appear to be karst bluffs or outcrops and karst streams.

"If our initial karst survey is confirmed, we have a compelling case for permanently protecting this grove," said Shayn McAskin, mapping coordinator for VIC FAN.

The surprise discovery could halt plans to log the massive, gnarled trees on Crown land along the Gordon River two hours west of Victoria.


"I expect we'll find the largest trees are growing on karst terrain, and they should be protected by the 2010 provincial order for karst," McAskin said.

McAskin, a second-year environmental technology student at Camosun College, spotted limestone formations during a VIC FAN field trip to the grove in June. Subsequent research turned up evidence of karst potential from first-hand observation and in provincial geology maps.

VIC FAN director Zoe Blunt said, "We have advised Teal Jones, the company that was planning to log the grove, about the consequences of damaging protected karst features. They have all the information we've gathered so far, and we'll be following up with more detailed reports as the surveys continue."

Mapping as a community project

A resident of Langford, McAskin is the author and primary researcher for the Baird Creek/Avatar Grove map, released today by the Wild Coast Mapping Project and VIC FAN. Two dozen students and Island residents have contributed their time and energy to this grassroots project so far this year. The map initiative aims to cover the southwest coast of Vancouver Island from Sooke to Port Renfrew, relying largely on local knowledge and first-hand observation to highlight world-record-size trees, salmon and trout habitat, drinking watersheds, rare species, and recreation areas.

Forest Action Network’s mapping project is carried out with the generous support of a community involvement grant from Mountain Equipment Co-op.

Langford Development: Out of control


In March 2010, the BC Supreme Court heard our challenge to aggressive development in Langford. The proposed South Skirt Mountain development, like its neighbour Bear Mountain Resort, would destroy 5,000-year-old native heritage sites and untouched garry oak and arbutus ecosystems. Langford city council suppressed archeology assessments of the site, bullied and abused citizens at a public hearing, and refused to allow discussion about the unfunded "Bridge to Nowhere" - an integral part of the development.

Two sacred caves have already been destroyed by Bear Mountain Resort and the Bear Mountain Interchange.

Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network, a local non-profit environmental group, petitioned BC Supreme Court to quash the bylaw for due process violations.

News report: 'Langford Rebellion' report draws insults from Bear Mountain Proponents. (August 2008)

Forest Land or Urban Sprawl? Who decides?


We are walking along the bed of a stream older than any European settlement on this island. The water is clear and bright, I dip my cup in and feel perfectly refreshed. We are on the site of a proposed suburban development put forward by Western Forest Products near Jordan River. Although the project has yet to be approved work appears to be continuing here none the less. We reach some flagging tape marking the point where WFP wishes to put a residential street, one of many that will crisscross this stream.

The CRD has passed a bylaw that prevents the subdivision of this land into small parcels specifically to prevent this type of development, however Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong sat on it just long enough for WFP to get their land use application in. They have therefore saved themselves from these conditions through a grandfather clause.

For an overview of the Jordan River Land Transfer Controversy, visit

VIC FAN: On The Ground in Juan de Fuca


VIC FAN volunteers have joined the broad coalition of First Nations, environmental, community, recreational and business groups that have been working to stop the subdivision of thousands of hectares of forest in the Juan de Fuca forestlands.

VIC FAN's work in the field enhances and supports the work being done to protect these forests by surveying the lands on the ground, identifying species and risk and compiling scientific data and public testimonials.

VIC FAN volunteers make regular excursions in and around the proposed subdivision lands to assess the progress of work being done and to document the impacts on the land.


Our goals are to provide logistical support and information to those opposing development in the area and to build a picture of the forest ecology in this region, to create a sense of connection to this land and share with others the joy of learning about the natural world around us.

If you share a connection to and love of this forest land, know of sensitive areas you'd like to see surveyed and assessed, or just want to share your thoughts, opinions and feelings about this area, please send us an email at moc.liamg|noitcatserof#moc.liamg|noitcatserof, or participate in our online discussion forum.

VIC FAN's work is driven by the needs and demands of the people most closely connected to the land. Your advice, opinions and suggestions determine where we conduct our research.

Please consider supporting the work we do with a donation. At this time we are completely volunteer driven, and funds for the program go towards outfitting our field camps and excursions and transporting volunteers into the field. We would also like to be able to provide compensation to scientists, First Nations elders and other local experts who take time to join us on these expeditions and help us with our work.

Volunteers are also welcome to join us, regardless of your level of ecological knowledge. A love of the land is essential.

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