Campbell River - Kwakwaka'wakw / Coast Salish Territory Community Observatory: a first for Smart Ocean™ Systems
by Mercedes McLean, Maia Hoeberechts and Jessica Brown
Despite the gale force winds, our Learning team braved the weather and drove up to Campbell River to host an information session and celebrate the installation of the Campbell River - Kwakwaka'wakw / Coast Salish Territory Community Observatory in the new Discovery Passage Explorer Lab at Discovery Pier. As we passed Nanaimo and the winds picked up, we opened the new Campbell River website portal from our car to monitor the deteriorating weather conditions – check out the weather station data from...
By Mercedes McLean (Indigenous community learning coordinator) and Jessica Brown (Indigenous community liaison)
The All Native Basketball Tournament is an event that is highly anticipated each February and transforms the regularly tranquil coastal city of Prince Rupert, British Columbia into a hustling, bustling gathering spot. This year was no exception! The event is a cultural gathering of First Nations and basketball enthusiasts that attracts over 2,000 people and around 60 teams from as far north as Alaska and as far south as Ahousaht on Vancouver Island.
By Maia Hoeberechts, Associate Director, User Services
It’s always a pleasure to visit Port Alberni, an important partner for Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) and the home of the NEPTUNE observatory shore station. Recently, I travelled with our Indigenous outreach team—Jessica Brown and Mercedes Mclean—to this Vancouver Island community and Nuu-chah-nulth Territory, to introduce the latest proposed community observatory site in ONC’s Smart Ocean™ Systems project.
Building on the successful technology and data delivery of the NEPTUNE and VENUS observatories, ONC has developed a smaller, coastal observing system suitable for near-shore installations. The observatory proposed for Alberni...
On May 1st and 2nd, Ocean Networks Canada’s Learning & Engagement Team coordinated and hosted the 3rd Annual Ocean Science Symposium at the University of Victoria (UVic) for students and teachers in grades 8-10. Approximately 40 students and 15 teachers with a keen interest in ocean science travelled from across Vancouver Island, from Northern BC (Prince Rupert) and with support from the Kitikmeot Inuit Association, from the Arctic (Cambridge Bay) to attend this unique event.
Maia Hoeberechts and Dave Riddell visited the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre from February 26–March 1. The Marine Sciences Centre provides valuable assistance with the maintenance of the instrument frame at Folger Pinnacle and this visit was an opportunity to say 'thank you' as well as meet with the Director and Department Heads to discuss opportunities for greater collaboration between our two institutions.
Wow, tomorrow will be my first trip out to Sea on a working science expedition! I’m excited to be joining Ocean Networks Canada’s Wiring the Abyss September Service expedition in the Salish Sea. We’ll be aboard The CCGS Tully - only for a day- but I still can’t wait!
I’ve always loved the ocean, but it wasn’t until I became part of Ocean Networks Canada’s Learning Team that I realised how much more to the ocean there is than marine biology. Although I don’t have much experience with ships (The largest vessel I...
As my co-op with Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) comes to a close I recognize how time flies. I began this job 8 months ago and since then worked on a number of projects, gained valuable skills, and had the opportunity to work alongside numerous amazing people.
Before starting at ONC I would have said that I knew about Ocean Networks Canada, but after working here for 8 months I can’t believe the extent of what I learned about Ocean Networks Canada and the ocean in general. The amount of hard work being done by the staff at ONC to bring ocean science and data to researchers, students and the general public is more than I...