Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation

Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter is a democratic, grassroots organization dedicated to the conservation of British Columbia's natural legacy. The mission of Sierra Club of Canada, BC Chapter is to explore and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation has been a Brainerd Foundation grantee since 2000.

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Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation Photo gallery

The Flathead River is home to many rare fish species that depend upon its world-renowned clean, clear water. Photo courtesy of Michael Ready, for Sierra Club BC.

This image shows the lush valley that surrounds the Flathead River. Photo courtesy of Andrew S. Wright, for Sierra Club BC.

The Flathead has the highest density of grizzly bears in North America. Photo courtesy of Joe Riis, iLCP, for Sierra Club BC.

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation Grant history

2017

$3,000 - To support Cultural Perspectives staff training offered by the Indigenous Perspectives Society. Opportunity fund

2017

$15,000 - To safeguard British Columbia’s Flathead River Valley. Place-based conservation

2016

$22,000 - To safeguard British Columbia’s Flathead River Valley. Place-based conservation

2015

$1,490 - To ensure that SCBC is protected from data leaks, hackers, and other threats to the security of their systems and data. Opportunity fund

2014

$2,800 - To provide leadership training for the Sierra Club BC's new director of campaigns. Opportunity fund

2013

$60,000 - To safeguard British Columbia's Flathead River Valley. Place-based conservation

2012

$30,000 - To safeguard the Flathead River Valley. Place-based conservation

2012

$1,000 - For an intensive course in video production for the organization's multimedia communications specialist. Opportunity fund

2012

$3,000 - For a week-long video production course focusing on YouTube platform and utilizing social media for issue campaigns. Opportunity fund

2011

$30,000 - To permanently protect the Flathead River Valley from resource development. Place-based conservation

2010

$3,000 - To conduct a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (RAVE) in BC's Great Rainforest to expose BC's plans to lift the moratorium to tanker traffic along the Great Bear Rainforest coast. Opportunity fund

2008

$3,000 - To develop a strategic action plan to counter the threats of industrial activity now facing the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area. Opportunity fund

2006

$3,000 - To launch an outreach campaign to raise public awareness and build leverage to enable a well-funded and legitimate recovery strategy for Mountain Caribou. Opportunity fund

2004

$2,000 - To purchase and distribute 40 copies of the Muskwa-Kechika book to First Nations chiefs, government ministers and staff, press, and other decision leaders. Opportunity fund

2002

$25,000 - To support the South Chilcotin Mountains/Lillooet Land Use Plan campaign and strengthen local grassroots conservation efforts across the province. Place-based conservation

2000

$2,000 - To support ongoing negotiations between the conservation community, the forest products industry and the provincial government to develop land use recommendations that will protect undeveloped coastal watersheds in British Columbia from unsustainable logging. Opportunity fund

Sierra Club of British Columbia Foundation Successes

British Columbia's Sacred Headwaters protected from unwise coal development

British Columbia's Sacred Headwaters protected from unwise coal development

Conservation groups in B.C. successfully advocated for the provincial government to remove the near-term threat of coal development in the Sacred Headwaters by buying out privately held licenses there. The area is important to the Tahltan Nation because it is home to the headwaters of three important salmon rivers – the Stikine, Skeena, and Nass. Brainerd funded Organizing for Change to work on this issue.

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