Raising awareness and funds for the Ma'amtagila of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw in partnership with Rande Cook, Sierra Club BC and Nawalakw Lodge.

The Ma’amtagila have lived in the extraordinary Great Bear Rainforest since time immemorial. Despite that fact, the BC and federal governments currently fail to acknowledge their existence.

The Ma’amtagila are proud members of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw and their territory bridges so-called northern Vancouver Island and the mainland British Columbia. Governments have been constantly negotiating Ma’amtagila Territory without the nation’s knowledge or consent in favour of further “resource extraction” — including old-growth logging.

Multimedia artist and Hereditary Chief Makwala (Rande Cook) and the wider Ma’amtagila leadership are demanding this stop and seek recognition in court of their inextinguishable rights and title to their territory. ecologyst, in partnership with Rande and Sierra Club BC, are collaborating on this three-fold fundraiser to help cover extensive legal fees and in turn protect the land.

Whether you want to win a 2-night immersive, educational stay at Nawalakw Lodge, own a covetable Rande Cook original artwork on a sustainably-crafted ecologyst piece, or are ready to enter the auction, we invite you to learn more and contribute however you can to the fundraiser.

Win a trip of a lifetime
to Nawalakw in Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw territory.

We believe transformative experiences in nature foster stewardship to protect ecosystems we all depend on. Authentic Indigenous tourism experiences offer ways to learn about Indigenous cultures, people, land and wildlife.

Nawalakw is a social venture and eco-tourism lodge that also delivers traditional healing, language and culture programs and is located on the Hada River estuary in the Great Bear Rainforest. By following the partners and being part of this fundraiser you will be entered to win a life changing and immersive experience.

Open to residents of the US and Canada. Contest closes December 10th, 2021, 11:59PM PST

What's Included:

  • 2-night all-inclusive stay for four at Nawalakw lodge.
  • Guided tour with Musgamagw traditional leader K’odi Nelson (Maxwiyalidzi)
  • Come safely face-to-face local wildlife.
  • Understand Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw protocols, perspectives of the natural environment and world views.
  • Return airfaire to Nawalakw from Vancouver or Victoria BC.
  • Four head-to-toe ecologyst outfits for your trip. Including limited edition Rande Cook x ecologyst ‘Ecology Today’ printed tees.

The Ecology Collection.

Rande Cook has created a new edition to his Ecology Series specifically for this fundraiser. The original he has carved into red cedar, and we’ve then printed this artwork onto a limited run of ecologyst clothing. Twenty percent of every item purchased will be donated to the Ma’amtagila’s legal fees. 

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“I am sick and tired of government agencies and branches completely ignoring our rights and sovereignty.”
 - Chief Makwala (Rande Cook)

In April 2021, they launched a legal challenge to stop the illegal treaty negotiations currently taking place on their territory. They have already taken steps to assert their jurisdiction according to Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw Law.

Recently, BC Timber Sales authorized logging of old- growth forests in Ma’amtagila territory and has plans to auction the entire territory which includes further areas of old growth cedars and Culturally Modified Trees - all without the consent of the Ma’amtagila.

The time is now to support Rande and the Ma’amtagila in their fight to have their existence acknowledged by Canadian and BC governments so that they may intentionally steward their land and culture.

Rande Cook

Father of 3, a Ma’amtaglia Hereditary Chief, artist and a central character in the upcoming ecologyst film - Before They Fall. Rande is known to his family as K’alapa and Chief Makwalawa. He was born in Namgis Territory and holds a chieftainship from his maternal side. He is Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw Nation, and has ties to many tribes in the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw.

Learn more about Rande Cook from an interview recorded between him and Mark Worthing of Sierra Club BC.

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Ecology Today by Rande Cook - Auction

Ecology Today is carved into red cedar and is part of Rande’s Ecology Series. It takes ancient forms from the art of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw and brings it into the 21st century where science is the language of today and invites us to discuss our relationship with the natural environment. 

From Nov. 24 - Dec. 5, as part of the fundraiser, this exquisite piece of art was part of a digital auction. Retail value is $10,000. 

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Rande Cook

Rande is a world renowned and prolific creator of art. You can learn more about him and his art via RandeCook.ca. His art can be purchased from his own gallery - Leaf Modern.

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Sierra Club BC

Sierra Club BC have been working closely with Rande on the Tree of Life project. Direct donations to this fundraiser that require a charitable receipt can be administered by Sierra Club BC.

Ma'amtagila Cedar Tree

Ma'amtagila Nation

The Ma’amtagila are part of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw from the West Coast of what is now known as Canada. Their traditional territory lies between Vancouver Island & the BC Mainland.

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Nawalakw is a wellspring of inclusive healing, learning and renewal located next to the hada river estuary. A unique and beautiful example of sustainable Indigenous enterprise.

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