Ian McAllister on Ferocious Conservation for the Last Wild Wolves /77

Ian Mcallister

Ian Mcallister

“I don’t doubt that the ancestors of these wolves lived with the ancestors of the Heiltsuk people here. When these wolves let us into their lives, are they waiting for us to rediscover that relationship? With all such encounters, I believe that a fragment of the trust that once existed between wolves and the First Peoples of this coast is rekindled, that I am witnessing the potential for humans to find their place again in the natural world.”-Ian McAllister

Ian McAllister is co-founder and executive director of Pacific Wild, a non-profit located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, committed to defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific Coast. He is an award-winning photographer and author of six books, and his images have appeared in publications around the world. Ian is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a recipient of the North America Nature Photography Association's Vision Award and the Rainforest Action Network's Rainforest Hero award. He and his wife, Karen, were named by Time magazine amongst "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest. He lives with his family on an island in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Wolves are time honored as messengers, providers, protectors. This conversation with Ian McAlister is a call to rekindle and reclaim our relationship as humble companions. Where roads have not been built, nor forests plowed and paved over, the wolves can experience a freedom from the slaughter that their continental kin have suffered for centuries since the arrival of Europeans to Turtle Island. The wolves in the Great Bear Rainforest give us an entry point into understanding the wolves of the past in an unbroken lineage- and an offering for us to remember our humanity. The hour glass has flipped on these wild and sacred places and the wolves are calling on us to stand up to protect that which remains, that which serves as the reminder of time eternal.

The parallels to the havoc wreaked upon these wolf populations and that of the Original Peoples of Turtle Island are both astonishing and completely in line with European modus operandi. Follow the money and the desire for convenience, and we will find time and time again an insidious path of destruction that first demolishes our wild kin and Indigenous Peoples and then leaves us within the wreckage, broken hearted, feeling empty and disconnected. It is up to us to save the remnants of our eldest ancestors.

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Pacific Wild https://pacificwild.org/about-us
Pacific Wild is a non-profit located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest on Denny Island. We are committed to defending wildlife and their habitat on Canada’s Pacific coast by developing and implementing conservation solutions in collaboration with First Nations communities, scientists, other organizations and individuals. Pacific Wild supports innovative research, public education, community outreach and awareness to achieve the goal of lasting environmental protection to the land and waters of the Great Bear Rainforest

Pacific Wild Alliance is a non-profit society registered in British Columbia. It is not a charitable organization, which allows us to engage in advocacy work. However, PWA partners closely with the Great Bear Education and Research Project (formerly known as the Pacific Wild Initiative) at Tides Canada Initiatives Society, which is a Canadian charitable organization. The Great Bear Education and Research project (GBEAR) carries out research and education work on the central coast and beyond.  GBEAR is a partner in Pacific Wild's Great Bear Sea Hydrophone Network, Great Bear LIVE, SEAS Community Initiatives as well as other efforts to elevate awareness of wildlife and habitat issues in this region.

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