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Forest magazine features Beyond Lumber

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The Association of BC Forest Professionals has recognized SNCIRE, Skeena Diversity and Northwest Community College's effort to highlight the Skeena-Nass region's diverse natural resources and talent. The association has featured the Beyond Lumber - Art from Nature Conference and Art Show in its Forestry Team in Action section of the September/October issue of the association's magazine. Check it out!

Congratulations to SNCIRE's facebook contest winners

facebook fCongratulations to Paula Peinsznski, Ksan House Society and Marianne Brorup Weston!
For being the first ones to like SNCIRE's facebook page in our August 2012 contest, each winner receives a SNCIRE T-shirt and a $20 gift certificate to Don Diego's restaurant.
Thanks everyone for participating and see you on facebook! We'll be posting news and updates regularly, and hope you do too.

Like SNCIRE's facebook page & win a prize

facebook_like_logoSNCIRE has just joined facebook! We hope you're as excited as we are!

Like our facebook page
and win one of three special SNCIRE prize packages. Contest starts July 27 and ends August 30, 2012. We'll let you know at the end of August who the winners are.


RDKS gives thumbs up

RDKS-logoOn Friday, April 25, 2012, the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine authorized up to $60,000 of support for SNCIRE’s work. This is the third year the RDKS has endorsed the organization.

Andrew Webber, RDKS Manager of Development and Planning says, “The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine and SNCIRE are strongly aligned in purpose and commitment. Both seek sustainable economic development, both have a regional focus, and both look to the region’s natural resource inventory as a foundation for sustainable development. SNCIRE provides the Regional District and its member communities’ technical and logistical support in identifying development potential, identifying markets and liaising with companies where appropriate."

Download the implementation report SNCIRE submitted to the RDKS for work done in 2011.

SNCIRE is funded by various sources and every contribution counts. Thanks for your support!

New board members join SNCIRE

Ttwo new board members joined SNCIRE at our 2012 annual general meeting,

Rod Hayward
Rod is the General Manager of Northwest BC based Hawkair. As a pilot he has worked throughout the northwest from Haida Gwaii to the Nass Valley and beyond supporting mineral activity as well as eco-tourism. He is a strong believer in the northwest and believes through increased economic diversity and local knowledge we can make great strides in breaking traditional economic cycles. Rod holds an MBA from UNBC along with an Aircraft Engineers licence. He lives in Terrace with his wife and three kids.

Gerald Wesley
Gerald is a Hereditary Chieftan from the Kitsumkalum First Nation just outside of Terrace. He is the Chief Negotiator for the Tsimshian First Nations Treaty Society and sits as a director for various organizations. Gerald spent seven years in the forest industry before moving on to become Executive Director/Band Manager for the Kitamaat Village Council (Haisla) and then Executive Director of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council.

Check out the draft minutes of SNCIRE`s 2012 AGM for a full run down of what happened at the event, including a summary of our speakers`presentation.

Beyond Lumber wraps up

About 30 artists, arts administrators and art dealers participated in great conversation, networking and learning at Beyond Lumber at the end of June.

thumb learning_how_to_weave_cedar_rosesOn Friday, artists learned how to prepare themselves for tough negotiations when working with galleries, market their work by branding themselves, and take photos of their work appropriate for their website. They also learned about the self-employment program at Community Futures 16/37. During lunch, participants introduced themselves and discussed the potential to market themselves cooperatively through a Northwest Coast artisan catalogue. Debbie Letawski at George Little Houseis spearheading this initiative and Beyond Lumber has committed money towards the project. Some artists at the conference such as George Mackay and Joe Mandur Jr. are also contributing pieces to fundraise for the catalogue.Michelle Bryant ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) of Ridley Terminals also announced that the company will be buying $50,000 worth of art to donate to charities to help them fundraise.

All in all the event was a great success. Thanks everyone who took part and helped organize the event!

Attend the SNCIRE 2012 annual general meeting

Monday, May 28, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
Skeena 1 Room, Best Westerm Terrace Inn
Terrace, BC

Guest speakers
Leaders of three post-secondary institutions in Northwest BC will kick off the evening's discussion by presenting their thoughts on education's role in creating a diverse natural resource economy in our region:

  • UNBC President and Vice Chancellor Dr. George Iwama
  • WWNI President and CEO Deanna Nyce
  • NWCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dave O'Leary

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Calling all Northwest BC artisans!


Help us shape Beyond Lumber!

small beyond lumberTell us what workshops and speakers you'd like by filling out this survey monkey questionnaire by Thursday, May 10, 2012.

Beyond Lumber - Art from Nature
The purpose of this event is for artists and artisans who work with natural fibres – such as wood, bark and other natural materials - to gather, share, and learn from industry experts and business leaders how to succeed in the art world. The event will have two parts: a conference for artists and artisans, and a public art show.

The conference portion of the event will take place Friday and will include workshops and speakers. The art show will start Friday evening and finish end of day Saturday. At the show, artisans and artists participating in the conference will display and sell their arts and crafts. The art show will be promoted to locals and tourists throughout the region.

SNCIRE is hosting the Beyond Lumber - Art from Nature Conference & Art Show in partnership with Skeena Diversity Society and Northwest Community College.

Stay tuned for more info!