Getting to Know the Broadback Forest - Canopy

Getting to Know the Broadback Forest

Eco Age Founder and Creative Director, Livia Firth, Deputy Chief of the Waswanipi Cree, Mandy Gull, and Canopy Founder and Executive Director, Nicole Rycroft in London.


Knowing all there is to know about the Boreal Forest of Canada is an almost impossible task. It spans 2.7 million square km, holds 1.5 million lakes and is home to four million people. If you are lucky enough – like we are at Canopy – you have spent some time in its realm, gazing at its black spruce and 19 other species of trees, walking on its endless carpets of moss, fascinated by the immensity of it all.


Then one day, you meet Mandy Gull. Mandy is Deputy Chief of the Waswanipi Cree First Nation, whose home is a forest called the Broadback, located in the Canadian Boreal in the province of Québec. She speaks of her home, of her land, of her people’s customs, in a way that makes you feel as if you’d been there. Then you learn that the way of life of her people is threatened by industrial logging and that her community is on a quest to protect the last 10% of intact forest that is left of their traditional land.


Then you ask yourself, what can I do to help?


Listen to the following podcast interview for Events in Sound, in which Mandy speaks of the movement to protect her home, Québec’s Broadback forest, and what you can do to help. You will also hear Canopy’s very own Executive Director and Founder, Nicole Rycroft, explain when and how Canopy decided to get involved to help save the Broadback.