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Cowan Life and Legacy Book Tour

The Cowan Life and Legacy Book Tour is generously sponsored by Sitka Foundation.

Biographer Briony Penn will be on tour around British Columbia doing more than 20 events from May - September, 2016. Details below. Check back for updates.

Ian McTaggart Cowan believed in getting into rural communities, talking to people and inspiring them about nature, conservation and science. He also supported the people in these regions that were struggling to defend subsistence lifestyles and natural areas in the face of large industrial pressures. He educated young people through very accessible science about the importance of scientific training that they could take back into their communities and apply. The book tour hopes to bring these messages and the natural history stories back to the rural communities. Show More...



Embedded in those stories are the conservation challenges that rural people have been facing for a century whether it was hydro-electric projects, pipelines or industrial forestry, providing the historical continuity and respect for this work.

The goal is to support grassroots efforts from a wide variety of areas including local fish and wildlife clubs, First Nations, land trusts and conservation organizations. Cowan had the ability to bridge these worlds through his respect for traditional knowledge gained in the field. The tour is an essential part of Cowan's legacy as it highlights the importance of the people who live in and steward the land. Hopefully communities will find some benefit from the new resources that are available to them the University of Victoria. The relationships and networks that are established through personal contact also build the conservation community of BC which can only benefit from strengthening. The critical message that Cowan had was to engage people personally with that enthusiasm for the natural world and what it brings us all. This personal engagement and sharing of stories has been in danger of being lost with such a high emphasis on digital materials. Cowan was always ahead of the game and saw this coming. It was his wish to make the biography an excuse to support local people around British Columbia in their enthusiasm for their place.

  • Williams Lake BC
    Reading

    Williams Lake BC

    Presentation at the Scout Island Nature Centre 1305 A Borland Road, Williams Lake, BC.
    14 September
    2016
  • Prince George BC
    Reading

    Prince George BC

    Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute, University of Northern British Columbia
    16 September
    2016
  • Smithers BC
    Research Seminar

    Smithers BC

    Research Seminar at Bulkley Valley Research​ Centre 3883 3rd Ave, Smithers, BC
    19 September
    2016
  • Dawson Creek
    Reading

    Dawson Creek

    2:00 to 4:00 PM Whole Wheat Honey Cafe 10003 - 100th Street, Fort St. John By donation, proceeds to Peace Valley Environment Association.
    24 September
    2016
  • Jasper AB
    Reading

    Jasper AB

    Reading at the Yellowhead Museum and Archives, 400 Bonhomme Street. FREE.
    27 September
    2016
  • Cranbrook BC
    Presentation

    Cranbrook BC

    Presentation at the College of the Rockies. 2700 College Way, Cranbrook
    28 September
    2016
  • Kimberley BC
    Guided Walk

    Kimberley BC

    A guided walk with Briony Penn in Kimberley.
    29 September
    2016
  • Invermere BC
    Presentation

    Invermere BC

    Presentation with Briony Penn in Invermere.
    29 September
    2016
  • Invermere BC
    Guided Walk

    Invermere BC

    A guided walk with Briony Penn in Invermere. CPR Lodge 1720 - 4th Avenue, Invermere.
    30 September
    2016
  • Golden BC
    Presentation

    Golden BC

    Presentation with Briony Penn. Golden Public Library 819 Park Drive, Golden
    30 September
    2016
  • Kamloops, BC
    Reading

    Kamloops, BC

    Natural History class, Thompson Rivers University, 3333 University Way, Kamloops. Room S203 Ken Lepin (Science) Building, Thompson Rivers University Campus.
    3 October
    2016
  • Victoria BC
    Reading

    Victoria BC

    Environmental Studies class, University of Victoria.
    19 October 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 2016
  • Parksville, BC
    Presentation

    Parksville, BC

    Details to Come
    14 November TBA - TBA 2016
  • Victoria, BC
    Presentation

    Victoria, BC

    October 27th, 7:30 PM
    James Bay New Horizons Centre
    234 Menzies Street, Victoria, BC
    October 27 7:30pm 2016
  • Qualicum Beach, BC
    Presentation

    Qualicum Beach, BC

    November 14, 7:00 PM
    Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
    Canadian Federation of University Women
    November 14 7:00pm 2016
  • Saltspring
    Reading

    Saltspring

    Nov 7th 6pm
    Salt Spring Island - Read Local 2016
    Salt Spring Island Public Library Library Program Room
    Free Event
    November 7 6:00pm 2016

 

Special thanks to MaryLou Wakefield, Communications and Publicity Support, Encore Communications.

 

 

Funding Partners

We gratefully acknowledge the support of our Funding partners and local bookstores.

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