WHAT WE CAN DO IN 2022

This year the REEL Earth Day Challenge is focused on projects and programs in Metro Vancouver Regional Parks that connect people with nature. With your support we can make all these amazing projects a reality.

  
 
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Project 01

$5,000 Connects Tsleil-Wautt Youth With Ancestral Lands

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təmtəmíxʷtən/Belcarra Regional Park

Many from Tsleil-Waututh Nation live across the water from təmtəmíxʷtən/Belcarra Regional Park. The Nation identified access to transit as a major barrier to seeing young Tsleil-Wautt reconnect with their ancestral lands there. The REEL Earth Day Challenge will fund free transit to the park & special Beachkeepers Programs, where they will gain hands-on experience in data collection, public education and marine stewardship, and reconnect with this beautiful land.

 
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Project 02

$15,000 Funds Indigenous Summer Programs For Youth

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Tynehead, Pacific Spirit and other Regional Parks

This summer CTS Youth Society, Stream of Dreams and the North Fraser Metis Association will partner in free outdoor education programs bringing Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth (aged 12-18) together in Regional Parks. Through programming created and presented by Indigenous community representatives, youth will acquire knowledge from Métis and First Nations worldviews and culture, learn leadership and cultural competency skills, and have fun in nature.

 
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Project 03

$10,000 Restores Creekside Habitat in Capilano River Regional Park

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Capilano River Regional Park

Lush coastal rainforest and steep canyon walls make Capilano River Regional Park unforgettable. Building off the momentum of Phase I, funded by the inaugural REEL Earth Day Challenge in 2021, this project will replace harmful invasive species like English Ivy with the native species that make this habitat healthy, beautiful & unique. Restoring this fragmented habitat will improve the health of the river and restore vital nature corridors for wildlife and people to enjoy.

 
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Project 04

$15,000 Brings Nature-Based Climate Action To Acadia Beach

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Pacific Spirit Regional Park

Extreme weather events in 2021 damaged and eroded Acadia Beach, in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, where natural, undeveloped rock and cobble beaches extend along the foreshore and provide a favourite swimming spot for Metro Vancouverites. Funding from the REEL Earth Day Challenge will help replant the area with native vegetation, strengthen the shoreline and create a more climate-change resilient environment for future generations to hold dear.

 
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Project 05

$25,000 Increases Indigenous Visibility In təmtəmxʷtən/Belcarra

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təmtəmíxʷtən/Belcarra Regional Park

In 2020, Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Metro Vancouver signed a co-operation agreement to protect and enhance təmtəmíxʷtən/Belcarra Regional Park for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations while raising public awareness of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation's cultural history with the area. Funding from the REEL Earth Day Challenge will support Cultural Visibility work, including events, new signs and other special projects.

 
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Project 07

$15,000 Protects Newts & Other Creatures In Capilano River

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Capilano River Regional Park

We know elusive park residents, like Northwestern salamander and the Coastal tailed frogs, rely on seasonal ponds & creeks, but we don’t yet have a clear picture of their range, or which other species share their home. Through the Challenge, we will fund the work to replant and protect the Newt’s waterways & fund cutting-edge eDNA tests in the park. Using water samples, we will identify where and which species live here, & ensure all creatures, not matter how shy, get the protection they deserve.

 
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Project 08

$10,000 Supports New Collaborative Programs In Campbell Valley

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Campbell Valley Regional Park

Introducing people to Indigenous ways of knowing is an important step to Truth & Reconciliation. Regional Parks are spaces that can facilitate these firsthand experiences with local First Nations. Campbell Valley Regional Park has a Nature House where an expert from Kwantlen First Nation has expressed a desire to deliver programs with Metro Vancouver to support this work. With the help of REEL Earth Day Challenge, we can make these programs a reality this summer.

 
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Project 06

$30,000 Builds A Wetland Home For Frogs & Other Amphibians

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Campbell Valley Regional Park

Campbell Valley Regional Park is home to many birds, mammals and amphibians, including Northwestern and Long-toed salamanders, and Pacific Chorus Frogs, whose songs often echo through the park. The REEL Earth Day Challenge will support work to excavate and vegetate a seasonal pond along a new portion of the park’s perimeter trail. Here young tadpoles and other amphibians will thrive, grow and undergo their amazing transformations, and young people can learn about these remarkable creatures.

 
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Project 09

$30,000 Highlights Capilano River's Rich Indigenous Heritage

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Capilano River Regional Park

The Capilano River has significant cultural and spiritual value for local First Nations. The river and its salmon are a source of sustenance and cultural inspiration for Indigenous people in the area. Local First Nations have expressed an interest in Indigenous cultural recognition and storytelling at Capilano River Regional Park. The Challenge will help fund this work, so that local First Nations stories and history can be shared here in their own words.

 
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Project 10

$25,000 Enhances Wetland Habitats On Bowen Island

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Crippen Regional Park

From the serene shoreline of Killarney Lake, in Crippen Regional Park, you can take in mountain views, and stroll forested trails to the beautiful rocky bluffs of Dorman Point. Sensitive habitat along Killarney Lake’s shoreline is struggling and needs extra protection and revegetation to thrive. The REEL Earth Day Challenge will replant damaged areas along the lake with resilient, local greenery and enhance protections for the plants and animals that live here.

 
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Project 11

$50,000 Builds Musqueam Exhibits In Pacific Spirit

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Pacific Spirit Regional Park

The foreshore forming the edge of Pacific Spirit Regional Park holds great importance for Musqueam culture. The beach was where Musqueam people fished for salmon, foraged for shellfish & seaweed, hunted, & harvested plants for food, social & ceremonial uses. Certain points on the foreshore hold special significance & Musqueam place names. Working together with Musqueam Indian Band & artists, we can help develop exhibits to share some of these stories.

 
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Project 17

All Funds Raised Connect People And Parks

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Pacific Parklands Foundation

All administration costs for this event are covered, meaning 100% of your donations through the REEL Earth Day Challenge go directly to projects and programs above and ones like them.

Parks are for everyone, forever.

Thank you for helping make Metro Vancouver Regional Parks the Best they Can Be!

 
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