Artists Acting for the Environment

(c) Stefan Thompson: A Carving of an Animal on a Tree

Time to get artsy-fartsy. First, we interview musician Sierra Jamerson about her family’s resistance to development in B.C.’s Sacred Headwaters. Then, jack-of-all trades artist Stefan Thompson on the artist’s environmental impact and his responsibility to nature.

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Sierra Jamerson on B.C.’s Sacred Headwaters

Sierra Jamerson was born into a family of talented leaders and gifted musicians, and she’s been performing professionally since the tender age of eleven, singing traditional Black Gospel, jazz, soul and R&B music.

Part of that talented family of hers is in the Tahltan Nation in British Columbia. You might have heard of the Sacred Headwaters in Tahltan territory. It’s the origin point for three powerful rivers that run through British Columbia—the Stikine, the Skeena and the Nass. When the oil and gas industry tried to start mining in the area, Sierra’s family was at the forefront of Tahltan resistance.

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips spoke with Sierra Jamerson during a live taping at the St. John’s Institute of Edmonton in 2013.

Links: Sierra Jamerson’s Music, Tahltan First Nation

Stefan Thompson on EcoArt

Creating something new when you are so familiar with the old is challenging. Pulling out the rug from underneath you, diverting from what has become normal, diving into the unknown. Canadian artist Stefan Thompson has tested his hand at shifting his focus to environmental consciousness with great results. Yvette Thompson spoke with Stefan about his art, his inspiration, and what he believes we can learn from his eco experiment. Stefan works in several mediums, and is starting to explore natural sculpture.

Links: Thompson’s WebsiteThompson’s DeviantartGreen Planet Paints

Whats Happening

Sustainability: Food and Water Security in Our Valley

The Council of Canadians is hosting an event on Vancouver Island on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Duncan United Church. From 6:30 – 9:00 Rodger Hunter of the Cowichan Watershed group and Dan Ferguson of the Cowichan Agricultural Society will present a sustainability talk. This is a free event and all are welcome. Organizers ask that you bring finger food to share, coffee, tea and juice will be provided. For more information you can email:

Reversing Climate Change: Using Carbon to Fight Carbon

In Hamilton, McMaster University’s Origins Institute is hosting a public lecture on October 14th at CIBC Hall. The event starts at 8:00 pm and will feature Dr. Frank Shu from UC San Diego.

Cash Mob Does 104 Street 

And for all our listeners in Edmonton with a shopping problem, why not put that cash and energy towards supporting local businesses? Cash Mob and the Local Good are teaming up to organize Cash Mob Does 104 Street. On Tuesday, October 7th at precisely 6:55 pm, would-be impulse buyers are meeting on the northeast corner of 104th street and Jasper Avenue to flash mob an unsuspecting shop on the 104th street district to peruse, purchase, and profess their love for buying local and supporting independent retailers.

Mabou Farmer’s Market

And for all the Capers out there tuning in, be sure to check out the Mabou Farmer’s Market every Sunday, from 11am to 2pm, at the Mabou Arena. Home baking, potted plants, wooden & leather goods. Local vegetables, photos, NS wines. Make friends with a farmer, support local and heritage products, and take home something tasty.

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