Highlights of Turning the Tide

Enjoy some highlights from previous Peoples’ Paddles!

Paddle for ȽEL,TOS and the Salish Sea 2018

Watch this video / photo compilation of highlights from the Paddle for ȽEL,TOS and the Salish Sea, on September 2, 2018! Thanks to Brian Rundell for putting the video together and shooting the footage.

What a powerful and inspiring event in support of the call of the WSÁNEĆ People for the return of ȽEL,TOS (James Island) – with 280 Paddlers in 95 boats on the water (including eight big canoes and the barge with the Elders), and 400 people packed into the Tsawout Gym for the community meal and presentations. Thank you to everyone who participated and contributed toward the success of the event!

Highlights of the Paddle for ȽEL,TOS and the Salish Sea 2018

Turning the Tide 2017

Congratulations to Luke Wallace and our inter-islands community on the release of “Turning the Tide,” recorded live on Salt Spring on Turning the Tide 2017!! Together, we WILL protect this Salish Sea!

From Luke Wallace:

Recording Turning the Tide on Salt Spring island was a truly memorable night. The turnout was amazing and the energy in our wide circle reflected the shared love that we all have for the Salish Sea. This recording was in celebration of an initiative, also called Turning the Tide, where folks use human powered vessels to travel the Salish Sea, share rich ecological experiences and gain some inspiration to take with them. The people involved in this paddle-focused trip continue to show a deep commitment to the protection of people, communities and the ocean both during TTT and throughout the rest of their lives. For many, this is a chance to reconnect with the planet they are fighting so hard to protect and to remind themselves of the interconnectedness of all life.

One of the important issues that the folks from Turning the Tide seek to address is the ongoing threat of an oil spill in the Salish Sea. The Kinder Morgan pipeline, terminal and associated tanker transport pose a massive and unacceptable risk to all the people and species that rely daily upon a healthy ocean for their survival. Moreover, the federal government of Canada has approved a massive expansion of the pipeline which will result in a 7-fold increase in tankers carrying tar-sands oil/bitumen through the Salish Sea.

The response by the public has been nothing short of inspiring. First Nations all over ‘BC’ are rising up, asserting their rights and demanding that the expansion not only be canceled but that all oil transport be ban in the Salish Sea. The City of Vancouver and Burnaby have come out in full opposition to the expansion and the new provincial government has also taken steps to block the pipeline.


Turning the Tide 2015

Highlights from the Turning The Tide 2015: The Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish, a five-day human-powered journey through the islands and waters of the Salish Sea – building community and raising awareness for solutions beyond the petroleum-based economy.

Watch the Video from Turning the Tide 2015

Turning the Tide 2014

Highlights for the inaugural Turning The Tide: The Peoples’ Paddle for the Salish Sea, a human-powered flotilla that travelled from Vancouver Island to Salt Spring Island to Pender Island and then back to Vancouver Island to demonstrate the participants’ love for the Salish Sea and raise awareness about the threats posed by the expansion of fossil-fuel infrastructure and the necessity of the transition to the post-petroleum economy.

Turning the Tide: A People’s Paddle for the Salish Sea (Trailer) (2014)