By / Kieran Oudshoorn
As the hereditary chief of the Kwakiutl First Nation, the forests and ocean waters off the north east coast of Vancouver Island are David Mungo Knox’s sacred responsibility.
He’s lived his life gathering fish for his community and restoring his great grandfather’s totem poles. But recently Knox has begun to fear for the forests.
“There’s active logging going on right now, taking our old growth out and leaving a big mess,” said Knox. “When they put in the roads on the mountainside, and after they log, there is erosion and it causes landslides into salmon bearing rivers.”