Countravāl l’Aigo / Against the Current

By learning how to swim against the current like salmon do, a woman finds her way back to the source of her language and identity. Daniela Boccassini . As our times’ bewildered becoming keeps unfolding, two simple words from a French medieval poem have accompanied me every step of the way: contreval l’iaue. They sank

Salmon and the Poetics of Place

by Nigel Haggan . . The Salmon of Science Rivers and streams carry nutrients and young salmon to the Pacific Ocean. Returning salmon spawn and die, contributing thousands of tonnes of nitrogen, phosphorus, and carbon to freshwater and forest ecosystems. The size of past salmon runs is reflected in the growth rings of riverside trees. At least

Pipelines and the Poetics of Place: Bringing a Fuller Set of Values into Environmental Assessment

by Nigel Haggan Note: Please see YouTube for a video from the 2017 Pipelines and the Poetics of Place event in Vancouver, BC. . . As “tar sands,” the Alberta bitumen deposits are a vector for protest. As “oil sands,” they are hailed as vital to Canada’s economy. The Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipeline