SDG 15: Life On Land

UN SDG 15 - Life on Land

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society

Mary Lake

The Great Victoria Greenbelt Society considers the natural world to be a precious and necessary partner to the healthy existence of all beings including humans. We believe that all aspects of nature deserve to be respected and protected now and for future generations.

In spending time in nature, we undergo a process of deepening our insight and awareness, a process in which we strengthen our connection with the natural environment. This fundamental shift in our perspective allows us to realize our ties and responsibility to all life.

WESELANEW - shaker of the leaves

WESELANEW moon

WESELANEW is the month of the shaker of the leaves. This was a good time of year to go out and hunt deer and elk around the Saanich peninsula and get ducks.The people used to catch ducks using an aerial net which was suspended between fir trees over an inlet or bay. When the ducks flew in they would be caught in the net and fall to the ground where the men would get them. There was another kind of net which was spread over the water to entangle the ducks as they swam up from their dives.

Greater Victoria Greenbelt Society

Mission

“To promote the reservation, acquisition and protection, and where necessary the purchase of greenbelt
lands, potential parklands and outstanding examples of our natural and cultural heritage for the benefit of all citizens
of the Greater Victoria metropolitan area.”

PEKALANEW - time of the QOLEW or CHUM salmon

Pekalanew season

There was still one more salmon to arrive, the QOLEW, dog or chum salmon. When it comes, the people are getting into PEKALANEW. Fall is coming and the sun is heading south. The PEKALANEW moon is the one that changes the color of the leaves.

The people gaffed the dog salmon at Goldstream. By that time, they were into their winter homes in the Saanich area. They had caught the last run of fish that were going to come to them for the year.

CENHENEN MOON - the humpback salmon arrive

CENHENEN MOON image
The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. This month's moon, CENHENEN, is mid-summer, the humpback salmon arrive.

CENTEKI - the time of the sockeye

CENTEKI Moon - the time of the sockeye

The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. This month's moon, CENTEKI, the time of the sockeye, signifies the first salmon to arrive...the sockeye.

PENAWEN - the harvest time

Penawen moon
The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. This month's moon, Pexawen, the harvest time, signifies the hunting and gathering and harvesting and the abundance of food.

Sxanel: The Arrival of the Bullhead

13 Moon calendar - Sxanel- deepening spring

The W̱SÁNEĆ 13 moon calendar, SḴÁU ȽTE, represents the natural laws of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) people. This month's moon, Sxanal, the bullhead, signifies a deepening of spring, birds arriving, flowers blooming and the bullheads are back.

San Juans Citizens Alliance

In 1986 a group of concerned citizens joined forces, launching the Alliance to protect their families and neighbors from the impacts of unchecked oil and gas development. Over the years, the organization grew to address a broad array of issues concerning the quality and protection of regional air, land, and water resources. The Alliance has over 1000 dues-paying members and thousands of supporters who care passionately about preserving the unique qualities of this region. We are supported by eight staff members who add decades of technical and strategic expertise to the cause.

American Friends of Canadian Conservation

American Friends of Canadian Conservation accomplishes its land and water preservation mission through innovative partnerships and its ability to access valuable bi-national financial incentives. Qualified Canadian conservation entities identify properties what are high priorities for protection and owned by US taxpayers.