Friends of Kootenay Lake Podcast Series: Voices of the Lake
The Friends of Kootenay Lake Podcast Series: Voices of the Lake was created by the Friends of Kootenay Lake Stewardship Society (FOKLSS), a non-profit organization based out of Nelson BC.
This podcast is an informative and engaging hub for information sharing where listeners can learn about work being done in the Kootenay Lake Basin from anywhere. Hosts Camille LeBlanc, FOKLSS Program Manager, and Kayla Tillapaugh, Assistant Program Manager interview local experts, scientists, historians, advocates, artists, cultural leaders, recreationalists, and storytellers in various fields.
Our vision for this podcast is to bring local communities together around our shared love and curiosity of Kootenay Lake. Each episode features music from local musicians, making the podcast a celebration of Kootenay Lake, its people, and its culture.
Topics: The Citizens Climate Lobby; Fridays for the Future and youth activism; The challenges of educating people on climate change, Lobbying to local governments; The shifting of perspectives relating to the climate crisis; Maintaining a positive outlook for the future while acknowledging the emotional toll of climate grief and learning self care; Laura’s experience hosting the Kootenay Co-op radio show “Climate of Change”.
Guests: James Baxter, Aquatics Biologist and Blair Weston, Community & Indigenous Relations Manager with Fortis BC
Hosts: Kayla Tillapaugh and Camille LeBlanc
Keywords: Dams, Hydroelectric, FortisBC, Due Diligence, Fish, Salmon, Flooding, Lake, Reservoir, IJC Curve, Water Levels, Columbia River Treaty, COFAC, Kokanee, Shore-spawning Kokanee, Fish Passage, Fish Migration, Indigenous Relations, Culture, Reconciliation, Funding, Safety
Topics: Which dams Fortis manages in the region; How Kootenay Lake water levels are connected to the dams; Flood mitigation on Kootenay Lake; What the International Joint Commission is; Fortis’ link to the Columbia River Treaty; What the Columbia Operations Fisheries Advisory Committee is and what they do in the region; Work being done to manage for shore-spawning kokanee; Local discussions about fish passage and how Fortis fits into the discussion; How Fortis manages Indigenous relations while operating in culturally significant spaces; Fortis’ Community Initiatives Funding Program; Safety around dams.
Topics: History of the Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands; the importance of this ecosystem to the Yaqan Nukiy community/people and the cultural history of its significance; the work being done to restore the wetlands; concerns, impacts; species at risk; restoration plans and priorities; details on the complex process of restoring ecosystems.
Topics: Climate change basics and common terms; scientific evidence that climate change is human caused; how to approach a climate change denier; global and local climate trends (historical and projected); adaptation and mitigation strategies; empowering youth to take action; climate action responsibility and climate politics.
Topics: Importance of wetlands for lake ecosystem health, types of wetlands, wetlands’ role in climate change, historical and current threats, where the province is at with wetland conservation and regulations and how people can get involved in wetland conservation.
Topics: Information on the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre and programs, park etiquette, what it means to be a park naturalist, shore spawning kokanee, human wildlife interactions, and the greatest captures on park wildlife cams.
Keywords: Culture, Water Stewardship, Traditional Indigenous Knowledge, Dams, Columbia-Basin, Sinixt, Arrow Lakes, Connectivity, Ceremony, Healing, Allyship
Topics: The social, cultural and geographical history of our region, the importance of water stewardship, the connectivity of all systems, and how traditional Indigenous knowledge can supplement modern scientific methods of stewarding and restoring aquatic ecosystems.