The Department of Bioregion is excited to share an essay version of a letter read to the Leverage Points conference plenary on Friday, February 8th 2019 in Lueneburg, Germany by Isabel Carlisle and edited by Liz Clarke who help run the Bioregional Centre in South Devon, the United Kingdom.
After several weeks, Cascadia Passports have arrived - and they look awesome! We couldn’t be more pleased. Give a look to be learn more and become a citizen of your watershed, bioregion and world.
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots; the spark that ignited a global upraising for LGBTQI+ rights that continues today. This special year, Cascadia’s Seattle PRIDE Parade contingent will commemorate the activists and leaders of that storied event: Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera.
Nothing says summer in Seattle quite like the Fremont Solstice Parade and Naked Bike Ride! The Department of Bioregion is excited to participate this year with a continent of painted up cyclists in Cascadia’s signature blue, white and green.
The Cascadia Department of Bioregion is excited to share this case study featuring the Bioregional Learning Centre located in the South Devon bioregion in the United Kingdom and explore how this group of passionate artists, academics and organizers has adapted bioregional organizing strategies to their watersheds.
How are you celebrating Cascadia Day? Here is you chance to chime in and get connected with other Cascadians to celebrate our bioregional holiday.
Across much of Washington State the exclamation “The Mountain is out!” turns heads and unites hearts around our mutual love for Tahoma (Mount Rainier) and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. This blog post explores the provenance of the names applied to the tallest of Cascade peaks.
Every year Bellingham hosts the Cascadia International Women’s Film Festival, an event dedicated to showcasing the exceptional work of women directors from around the world. The festival, starting April 11 and running through the weekend, is screening approximately 25 films over the course of the 3 1/2-day festival, and also provides educational opportunities relating to the viewing, making, and distribution of films.
Join Brian Holmes, Howard Silverman, and Mack McFarland for a bioregional beer at The Oregon Public House, 700 NE Dekum St, on Saturday April 6th, at 3:30pm. They’ll discuss the online atlas Learning from Cascadia, as well as the futures of bioregionalism in the Anthropocene and a new interactive mapping tool that we will be launching. All are welcome, the first 15 folks to show up will get a free beer.
For a limited time only, in honor of Trans Day of Visibility (3-31-19), grassroots organizers have released a Cascadia trans patch to display pride and solidarity, as Cascadians, with those that identify as transgender.
COME CAMP WITH US!
The Department of Bioregional invites you to come enjoy the best of summer on our 93 acres filled with meandering streams, shaded glades, a working farm and fun for just about anyone! Join us at Camp Cascadia.
In a “stick illahee” (forest) one could easily find both "mitwhit stick" (a standing tree) and “whim stick” (a fallen tree), as well as the occasional “koko stick” (wood-pecker).
Come join the Seattle Extinction Rebellion at their artbuild at the Cascadia compound March 31st. 4601 Shilshole Ave NW 98107 at 1pm.
Historically, “klootchman” only referred to a First Nations adult woman, unless combined with another word, such as “Kingchauch klootchman” (Englishwoman) “Boston klootchman” (American woman), or some other descriptor, such as “tenas klootchman” (girl; young woman).
Celebrate Cascadia Day!
BBQ - Flag Making - Fireside
Come enjoy this bioregional holiday with your fellow Cascadians in Seattle.
The native names for the mountains of the Cascade Range tell an engaging story, where the volcanoes becomes a community of dynamic and interconnected characters as they feature in myths and legends explaining how the land was formed and the millennia long relationship people have had with it. This article explores a creation myth told by the Multnomah people of how Wy’East (Mount Hood) came to be.
The Cascadia Magazine had a wonderful article in the Canadian based Tyee featuring a full length interview and discussion of Cascadia with the founder Andy Engelson.
Released publicly for the first time ever, the Department of Bioregion is excited to announce a partnership with the geographer and cartographer Robert Szucs to produce in high detail this watershed map of the Cascadia Bioregion.
Our first Cascadia diplomat training hosted eight wonderful Cascadians for a full day of learning about Cascadia, bioregionalism and brainstorming projects that diplomats would like to undertake. Diplomats are long term movement volunteers who undertake Cascadia projects that grow the Cascadia movement, get us closer to the idea being a reality, educate and grow awareness of bioregionalism, or grow connections for a more vibrant and healthy bioregion. Each diplomat was asked to think about a project beforehand that they would like to undertake as part of this program.
The potlatch was the ceremonial distribution of property and gifts practiced among the First Nations of Cascadia along the Pacific coast, particularly the Kwakiutl, and were an institutional foundation of coastal society and economics.
We are excited to announce our next Cascadia Diplomat Training May 11 & 12 to launch this years Cascadia Culture Week.
The Cascadia Department of Bioregion is proud to announce the completion of our first bioregional flag design workshop held in New York City, in the Laurentia Bioregion of North America. It included with attendees from three different North American bioregions and focused on how bioregional flags differ from national flags, and the importance of symbols that represent place.
We invite you to join us and take your volunteerism to a new level as a champion for our region, everyone living here and our future!
Our word of the Day this week is Skookum! One of the most versatile words in Chinook Jargon.
Klahowya Tilikum - Four simple steps to open meetings and events in #Cascadia with honor and recognition to indigenous culture, history and language
The Cascadia Department is excited to announce our first Cascadia Diplomat training taking place in Seattle. Diplomats represent Cascadia, are long term volunteers that undertake projects, manage departments and committees, and make the Cascadia movement happen.
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.