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.


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Episode 7

Climate Activism: Building Resiliency Through Community and Policy

February 23rd, 2021

Guest: Laura Sacks, Climate Scientist and Chapter Leader with the Nelson/West Kootenay Citizens Climate Lobby

Hosts: Kayla Tillapaugh and Camille LeBlanc

Keywords: Climate Change, Citizens Climate Lobby, Activism, Lobbying, Policies, Campaigns, Community Engagement, Sustainability, Local Governments, Youth, Carbon Tax, Disempowerment, Empowerment, Hope,

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”.

Music: “Out There” by First After the Fire: Website, Facebook, Spotify

Additional Resources: CCL website

Episode 6

Dam Curious: Fortis BC Talks Hydroelectric Influence on Kootenay Lake

February 9th, 2021


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.

Music: “Clean Water and a Bag of Rice” by Jay Danley

Additional Resources: Grohman Narrows Channel Improvement Project Presentation

Grohman Narrows Channel Improvement Project Update December 2015

Episode 5

Rewilding the System: Restoring the Yaqan Nukiy Wetlands

January 27th, 2021

Guest: Norm Allard, Community Planner with Lower Kootenay Band

Host: Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords: Wetlands, Restoration, Yaqan Nukiy, Lower Kootenay Band, Wildlife, Conservation, Invasive Species, Ecology, Species-At-Risk, Dams, Dikes, Machinery, Fish, First Nations, Floodplain, Floodwaters, Erosion, Wildlife Habitat,  Nutrient Exchange, Freshet, Natural Resources, Indigenous Knowledge, Hunting, Gathering, Capacity Building

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.

Music: “Sliver of Sunshine” by Born on a Wednesday

Episode 4

Climate Change: Addressing Contrasting Narratives and Visualizing Local Trends

January 12th, 2021

Guest: Mel Reasoner, Climate Scientist

Hosts: Camille LeBlanc and Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords: Climate, Climate Change, Global Warming, Adaptation, Mitigation, Climate Change Skeptics, Climate Science, Geology, Geologic Record, Precipitation, Temperature, Mean Temperature, Ice Age, GHGs, Carbon Dioxide, Media Influence, Climate Projections, Wildfire, Sea Level, Flooding, Recreation, Domino Effect, Tipping Point, Positive Feedback Loops, Geoengineering, Youth Empowerment, Climate Politics

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.

Music: “Blue Pearl of the Universe” by Earl Hamilton.

Episode 3

Wetland Conservation & Restoration: A Glimpse at the State of Wetlands in BC

January 5th, 2021

Guest: Neil Fletcher, Manager of Conservation Stewardship with the BC Wildlife Federation

Host: Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords: Wetlands, Conservation, Restoration, Development, Threats, Appreciation, Habitat Loss, Climate Change, Regulations

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.

Music: “Fresh September Commute” by Handsome Hansel

Episode 2

Nurtured by Nature: Kokanee Creek Park through the eyes of a Naturalist

January 5th, 2021

Guest: Joanne Siderius, Senior Naturalist with the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre

Hosts: Camille LeBlanc and Kayla Tillapaugh

Keywords:  Wildlife, Youth Education, Park Etiquette, Nature, Camping, Provincial Parks, Wildlife Cams, Community, Respect

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.

Music: “Fletcher Falls Reverie” by Dave Carroll

Episode 1

Kin Consciousness: Approaching Water Stewardship Through Spirit, Culture, Art and Science

January 5th, 2021

Guest: Eileen Delehanty-Pearkes

Hosts: Camille LeBlanc and Kayla Tillapaugh

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.

Music: “Mothertribe” by Aradia Chappelle