Episode One


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.”




Sarah Boyd

“It was as if I were close to nature in a way that I never have been before and that the bears were accompanying us on the adventure on earth rather than being separate from us. You’re so close to them and seeing them, your heart just goes out to them. You enjoy them as a beautiful living vision of the earth’s beings.”




Rebecca Boyd

“It was fun and kind of exciting to feel like I was doing something for Raincoast and to help preserve the bears and their habitat here.”



Jim McDonald

“I think that the hunt experience we’ve had with Raincoast has been excellent. The best thing about it is we didn’t shoot anything with a gun. We shot it with our cameras.”



Donna McDonald

“It was a bit scary when they had to actually pretend to be hunters because I’m not comfortable around guns. But the fact that no bear lost his life was special.”



Episode Two


Vernon Brown

Resource Stewardship Office
Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation

“From Alaska down to California, there’s this one rule; never shoot what you’re not going to eat, never take more than you need. It’s the most frowned upon thing you can do on this coast especially coming in to Kitasoo/Xai’xais’ territory.”




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.”




Curtis Rollie

Kitasoo/Xai’xais Coastal Guardian Watchmen

“While we’re protecting and monitoring the area, we enforce rules, yes, but we don’t want to push people out. We want people to experience what we have up here, but we also want to help preserve it and keep it the way it is.”




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.”



Episode Three


Charles Glatzer

Photography Tour Guide
Shoot The Light —

“I think the Great Bear Rainforest, at this particular time, is on a lot of people’s lists. If you look at the trips over the past few years, a lot more people are coming to the Great Bear Rainforest to be on the ground or to witness a bear close up, never mind a Spirit Bear, which is, kind of a whole elevated thing. People are in awe, they’re overwhelmed. You’ll see tears in their eyes when that white bear comes up that river.”




Marven Robinson

Gitga’at Spirit Tours —!/p/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.”



Episode Four


Janie Wray

Lead Researcher
North Coast Cetacean Society, Cetacealab

“You have to remember that humpback whales, they don’t feed during the winter. So when they go to Hawaii or Mexico they’re there for months at a time. There’s no food, they’re not feeding. So just imagine, a mother has given birth to a calf, she’s nursing this calf and she’s not eating. Now she has to travel 3000 miles to get to where she knows there’s food. So that’s why this area is so important because when she arrives here, she is starving and she is dependent on the survival of herself and that calf that the food that she’s used to is actually here and that she can find the food.”



Episode Five

Jackie Hildering

Humpback Researcher
Marine Education and Research Society

“When people see whales, we are struck some place within ourselves that I don’t think we even understand what happens and I think the ingredients of that feeling are humility. You feel you feel small next to the presence of what you’re seeing; you understand that you’re not in control. And that is then, what we as educators, but also as researchers, try to work with. This isn’t about saving whales, it’s about recognizing how little we know and how empowered we are to change.”




Shirley Ackland

Mayor of Port McNeill

“With the humpbacks along come the tourists because they are huge whales and quite a wonder to be able to see them breach on the surface and right in our backyard.”




Roger McDonell

Stubbs Island Whale Watching

“People come from all around the world to see the orca and they’re being very pleasantly surprised now that they’re getting these wonderful opportunities to see these humpback whales. It’s not uncommon for us to have people tell us that this has been something they’ve wanted to check off their bucket list for years.”

Made with the support of the following:

Kitasoo Xais’xais –

Gitga’at First Nations:

Heiltsuk First Nations: