Brian Falconer

Guide Outfitter Coordinator
Raincoast Conservation Foundation
"About half of the trophy hunting is done by commercial hunters -- people who charge other people to take them hunting. If you’re a non-resident of British Columbia, you’re required to go with a guide outfitter. Those guide outfitters have territories that they have the exclusive hunting rights in so, we felt that if we could buy some of those territories we could reduce the hunting at least by half. The first territory we purchased in 2005 was 1.3 million dollars and the second one was less than five hundred thousand dollars. It’s just under 2 million dollars that we had to raise to buy these territories."


John Erickson

Guide Outfitter
"Bears are sentient beings. They’re capable of more than we think. I’ve always been impressed by bear behavior, how sophisticated it is."  

Jessie Housty

board of directors
heiltsuk integrated resource management department
"People ask what authority we have to implement a ban. From our perspective, we’ve lived here since time before memory. We have our own systems of law and governance that are much older than the colonial systems. Our tribal law is the higher law."

William Housty

board of directors
heiltsuk integrated resource management department
"Anybody that’s here to do any sort of trophy hunting in Heiltsuk territory isn’t welcome here. This is our life here. I would never back down from a fight with anybody over making sure that this is pristine."

Chantal Pronteau

Kitasoo/Xai’xais Coastal Guardian Watchmen
"Bear safety is a must — learning about your pepper spray and how far it sprays, learning about the stress signs like if a bear is chomping its mouth, or keeps pacing back and forth, or giving you that look …"

Kyle Artelle

raincoast conservation foundation & simon fraser university
"One of the common things that we hear from the Province of British Columbia, from managers, is that this hunt is based on sound science. But, that just doesn’t seem to be the case. When we look at how the hunt is operated, you’d be really hard-pressed to say that any of this is evidence based."

Chris Darimont

hakai-raincoast professor, university of victoria
science director, raincoast conservation foundation
"One might wonder why the province is digging in its heels despite overwhelming evidence that the course they’re on in managing this grizzly bear hunt, is a very dangerous one. The answer in my view is political. They are worried about losing seats in rural ridings, where hunting is almost sacred to people."


Douglas Neasloss

Chief Councillor
Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation Band Council
"Bears are very important. They’re both important culturally and they’re important for the economy. We just didn’t want to see these extractive industries anymore; you know, we’ve seen what forestry’s done in other areas. We’ve seen areas logged out and we didn’t want that. We live in the largest intact temperate rainforest on the planet and we wanted to keep it like that."


Tim McGrady

General Manager
Spirit Bear Lodge
"Our guides are well-trained and we do carry bear spray but we’ve never had to use it. We’ve never had any kind of negative encounter with these animals and that’s primarily because we take great pains to be very consistent and go to the same places day in and day out at the same times. So the bears really treat us as part of the scenery. They’re not interested in us; they’re far more interested in catching a salmon."


Chantal Pronteau

Kitasoo/Xai’xais Coastal Guardian Watchmen
"The trophy hunt is on; it was effective since September 10th, but us as Coastal Guardian Watchmen come up here and ensure that nobody is coming in here to hunt bears."  


Marven Robinson

Gitga’at Spirit Tours

“The story that goes with this [Spirit] bear is about the Raven, who we have as the Creator as First Nations, you know left this rare bear – one in ten – to remind us of how earth was during the ice age. It’s really a reminder about how clean and pristine this place once was before we started trying to manage it.”



Joelene Brown

Gitga’at Bear Guide
"This is good for the Gitga’at people, bear viewing, because it brings tourism in. There’s lot of people in the world who don’t know too much about our community and I think it’s a great way for them to come and explore. We show them every day how gentle the bears are, if you give them their space and stay out of their way and not mess with them."  


Janie Wray

Lead Researcher
North Coast Cetacean Society, Cetacealab
"Humpback whales, up until the late sixties were hunted in these waters and their population was just decimated, and then after the late sixties, and they stopped the hunting and the population just slowly started to come back and since we’ve been here, which seems to be around the time that the humpbacks really started to come back into these particular waters, the population has just flourished."