In this brief essay, contributor Trevor Owen outlines a decolonization strategy he learned while living in Australia. The practice of starting meetings down under with a “Welcome to Country” intro and sometimes presentation shifts the focus towards indigenous power and place.
Due to the breakdown of funding talks for the planting of a border wall along the southern border, the Cascadia Department of Bioregion is forced to declare a bioregional declaration of emergency - effective immediately. Talks have stalled after Cascadian local governments have failed to fund our request for $6 billion to plant a wall of more than 30 million trees, restore streams and rivers along Cascadia's southern stretches. This tree wall is critical, and must be planted immediately, and will only take 60-500 years to mature effectively.
The Cascadia Department of Bioregion is excited to share solidarity with the Carrizo/Comecrudo people and nations as indigenous organizers work to block construction of a wall over traditional territory near the city of Mission in Southern Texas / Northern Mexico.
The British Columbia Premiere John Hogan met with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to announce they will contribute $300,000 for the next phase of a study exploring the potential of ultra-high-speed Cascadia corridor transportation service linking British Columbia, Washington and Oregon.
The CascadiaNW Festival is seeking inspiring collaborators to join us in creating this magical 5th edition of Cascadia NW! ✨🌿 Share and tag your favorite artisans, musicians, vendors, artists, performers and workshop leaders.
Cascadia Convergence has announced their submissions for workshops, presentations and performers is now open! They are looking for Cascadians who want to be involved in making the event awesome. Do you have a musical or performance act, a workshop you want to give? Just want to volunteer or take on a leadership role? Let them know!
The Cascadia Department of Bioregion is excited to share this wonderful article, audio feature and Salish Sea series created by local Seattle radio station KNKX. The Salish Sea is a defining example of bioregionalism in action, and more people need to know the power of it’s creation, and of place making.
A newly released study shows that British Columbians feel a stronger Cascadian affinity to the south than with their eastern Canadian counterparts. In total - 54 percent of British Columbians felt they had the most in common with Washington state, 18 percent picked California while just 15 per cent chose Alberta, 9% percent chose Ontaria, and less than 3% chose Manitoba, Saskatchewan or another Canadian area.
A decade into the 21st century, the world of books, the world of the arts, the world of criticism have all been caught up in violent, unpredictable change. A large part of this change has been unleashed by a continual stream of technological innovations that impact our daily lives and even our personal as well as professional relationships. Technology is changing how we read and what we read, is challenging the very forms and genres in which we write, and is making criticism and reflection more valuable and necessary than it's ever been.
Cascadia the Free is a fun & folksy song for the Cascadia movement created by Little Bear, Elona Fosterville, and all the Fostervillagers in 2011.
The Cascadian Department of Bioregion is excited to share this personal essay by Andrew M. Tanner. Andrew is a veteran, Cascadian author, world builder, and cat fanatic.
Construction of the Cascadia Gateway Fiber Optic Network, the largest of it’s kind in the US and Canada is to begin in March
The Cascadia Football Federation is delighted to announce that they have arranged their first ever international friendly on the 26th May against the Chagos Islands. The game will take place in the U.K. at Beckenham Town FC who we would like to thank for their cooperation in creating this fixture.
Washington State Democrats introduced new bill 5214 that would create and fund a Cascadia high speed rail authority. The bill would provide $3.25 million dollar through 2021 to establish an authority in partnership with the State of Oregon and Province of British Columbia.
What is the Cascadia Project? - From 1994 and the birth of the Cascadia Task Force and Cascadia Economic Council - much of the forerunner of the Cascadia Innovation Corridor, Cascadia Mayors Council and others.
Canada and the United States in 2092 - Great image of Cascadia by artist Douglas Coupland, New York Times Op Ed from October 21 1992.
The Future of Cascadia - Building Regional Competitiveness Cross Border Workshop Report and PDF of event hosted at Simon Fraser University in August 2018.
While compiling notes for the creation of a Department of Bioregion Indigenous Solidarity Guide - we noticed that one of the primary tools - the Standing Rock Solidarity Resource Packet - is now offline, and that the mirror sites for most of it is now also offline. In an effort to preserve the lessons and wisdom learned from the Standing Rock Protests, we wanted to share our PDF’s for historical sake, but also in case they might be useful for future historians, students, activists and organizers.
Interested in genuine reconciliation and want to make “territorial acknowledgements” matter? Learn about Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh protocol practices and how settlers can integrate reconciliation into their own or their organisation's regular work.
On January 7, 2019, at approximately 2:51pm, RCMP and military forcefully breached a peaceful checkpoint on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. Indigenous people were ripped from their homes by militarized police. There were at least 12 confirmed arrests, including an elder, and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs were blocked from their own territories.
Cascadia — the evocative name of a region, an idea, a movement — wild and free, defined by the waters flowing from the continental crest through the headwaters of the Pacific. Cascadia is a bioregion, the place we call home, an identity, movement and positive vision for the future. But where did this name actually come from?
For your new years resolution this year, rather than Pacific Northwest, or some other random name - use the word Cascadia!
Your Cascadia is a grassroots project to build a Cascadian Economic Direct Democracy – a web-based marketplace that is under the complete direct democratic control of local community members.
As part of our archive of writings on Cascadia and eco-poetics, the Department of Bioregion is excited to share the following writing on bioregional mapping, salmon, and perceptions of place.
In 2018, the Cascadia Subduction Zone saw 36,377 Episodic Thrusts & Slips (ETS). These tremors are different from earthquakes, which are generally more sudden, and that of other, shallower faults, which can be generated from the pressure buildup of magma sitting under Cascadia’s many volcanoes along the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Like graffiti, wheatpasting is a direct action technique that is a simple, visual means for communicating messages to a large audience created by mixing, water, flour and sugar. Wheatpasting has been used as antiquities
The Department of Bioregion is proud to share an interview between Evan O’Neil and Richard Evanoff, a professor of envrionmental ethics at Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan, who recently wrote the book Bioregionalism and Global Ethics as part of our archive of bioregionalism articles and resources. The interview originally appeared on Carnegie Council on August 3rd 2012.
A new interactive map of conveys the population change and density of the Cascadia bioregion over the past 20 years in 3d, as a new layer of human terrain.
On Tuesday, December 18th 2018, refugee and migrant right campaigners “hacked” hundreds of adverts on the London Underground, replacing them with notices telling passengers how to disrupt attempted deportations on passenger airlines.
Travel Advisory Alert: Please be alerted that on December 22nd, the Southern and very Northern regions of Cascadia have been impacted by a partial collapse of the United States Federal Government, which is unable to pay federal workers and employees.