Whale in the Door

A Community Unites to Protect BC's Howe Sound

A Whale on the Ferry

Whale in the Door on BC Ferries

Next time you travel on BC Ferries, go into the bookstore and check out their wonderful display of BC books. My friend, Judi, was so pleased to see the Whale on the shelves that she sent me this photo. Next to Whale in the Door is Carbon Play, a fascinating book by Robert Falls. Robert and I read together last fall at a Read Local BC event at Co-op Books […]

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The Second Discovery of America

In my research for Whale in the Door, I read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, the Indian Act, and many books written by Indigenous authors. As part of my Knowing Our Place initiative, it became clear that a book club addressing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous in Canada would be a worthwhile endeavour. Here is the article I wrote about the book club for The Undercurrent, our local […]

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Protecting the Exquisite Glass Sponge Reefs

glass sponge reef

I received an email from Glen Dennison – citizen scientist,  marine life activist and scuba diver. In Whale in the Door, I wrote about Glen’s first dazzling encounter with the glass sponge reefs – common during the Jurassic period and thought to have become extinct 60 million years ago. Today they are found only on BC coasts and there are several reefs in Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem. “Loved reading your book,” wrote […]

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Guest Blog by Sonja Arntzen

Sonja Arntzen is a dear friend of mine who recently sent me this email: “I finished reading Whale in the Door yesterday.  I found it informative, moving, inspiring and much, much more.  You danced a delicate balance between your passionate commitment to protect Howe Sound and your openness to listen to all points of view.” She told me she had written a poem inspired by Whale in the Door, and […]

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This Living Salish Sea

This Living Salish Sea

A few days ago, I watched this powerful movie in North Vancouver. Written, directed and produced by Sarama, it explores the beauty of the Salish Sea – a sea that knows no borders – home to more than seven million people on the west coasts of Canada and the U.S. Spectacular underwater photography reveals the living treasures of the Salish Sea and the grassroots resistance to the corporate fossil fuel […]

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#JoinThePod

There are only 76 remaining southern resident killer whales in the Salish Sea and the numbers are dropping. The David Suzuki Foundation is building a movement that includes all sectors — and you, if you #JoinThePod. They’re developing initiatives that Salish Sea Orcas need to survive. When you #JoinThePod and follow the foundation @SalishSeaOrcas on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll learn from inspiring humans who know these Orcas best. And they’ll provide opportunities […]

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Whale in the Door Pendant by Xwalacktun

whale in the door pendant

Carved from a piece of yew wood, with a piece of copper for the eye, this is the magnificent pendant Xwalacktun/Rick Harry made for me and I have been thrilled to wear it at all my launches and readings. Xwalacktun is a masterful Squamish Nation Carver. His English name is Rick Harry. I met him many years ago when he unveiled his dramatic sculpture, Spirit of the Mountain at Ambleside […]

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Looking back on launches and readings for Whale in the Door

Chris Corrigan

It’s been quite a month of travelling. Visiting communities on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, as well as Squamish, North Vancouver, and Vancouver, reading from Whale in the Door, and telling stories about the spectacular fjord known as Howe Sound (Squamish name Atl’kitsem). I met so many wonderful people, renewed old friendships and made new ones. Here are a few photos. Chris Corrigan was the host of […]

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Photos from C3 Expedition

voyageur canoe en route to icebreaker

The day spent on Gambier Island at Camp Fircom was unforgettable. In the morning, we gathered on the island with some of the participants on the C 3 Expedition, sharing our stories about Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem. After lunch we climbed into Voyageur canoes – a real thrill for me as a kayaker. I was re-experiencing the mode of travel of my ancestors. I made sure to get into the same canoe […]

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