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Since 2003, the Salt Spring Island Residents for Responsible Land Use (SSIRRLU) have lobbied to protect the heritage site and sensitive ecosystems at Walker Hook from desecration and industrialization. The beautiful shell beach and adjoining "hook" have long been a popular attraction to both locals and visitors seeking unspoiled beauty, relaxation and solitude. To First Nations people Walker Hook has been a home, a gathering, hunting and harvesting place and a place to honour and visit the spirits of their ancestors who have been buried there for millennia. In spite of the natural beauty, sacred values and the fine balance of this sensitive ecosystem, poor fisheries management has led to the misuse of this area.

Donations

You can support our efforts to create awareness of what has happened at Walker Hook. We depend upon donations to support our work. With your donation you will be added to the growing list of people who are prepared to protect the sensitive ecosystem and heritage site at Walker Hook from further destruction and desecration. Donations may be sent to SSI Residents for Responsible Land Use, c/o 700 Walker Hook Road, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 1N5. You can also email us through our Contact page.

Letters

You can also support us by expressing your concerns to our government. We have provided a list of the responsible agencies and politicians below. Please send us a copy of any letter you write so that we can add it to our web site and document the growing level of community and global support for the preservation of Walker Hook.

Murray Coell, MLA
Suite F - 2412 Beacon Ave.
Sidney, B.C. V8L 1X4
Phone: 250 655-5711
Fax: 250 655-5710
murray.coell.mla@leg.bc.ca
Minister of Agriculture and Lands
Pat Bell
P.O. Box 9041 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E1
Phone: 250 387-1023
Fax: 250 387-1522
Pat.Bell.mla@leg.bc.ca
Ministry of Tourism, Sports and the Arts
Olga Ilich
PO Box 9896 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9T9
Phone: 250 387-2799
Fax: 250 356-9829
Minister of Environment
Barry Penner
PO Box 9047 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
Phone: 250 387-1187
Fax: 250 387-1356
minister@gems9.gov.bc.ca
Premier Gordon Campbell
PO Box 9047 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
Phone: 250 387-1715
Fax: 250 387-0087
premier@gov.bc.ca

"We have made the mistake of confusing democracy with capitalism and have mistaken political engagement with a political machinery we all understand to be corrupt. It is time to resist the simplistic, utilitarian view that what is good for business is good for humanity in all its complex web of relationships. A spiritual democracy is inspired by our own sense of what we can accomplish together, honoring an integrated society where the social, intellectual, physical, and economic well-being of all is considered, not just the wealth and health of the corporate few."
The Open Space of Democracy, Terry Tempest Williams, 2004
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