Welcome to the Spirit Bear Research Foundation

The Kitasoo/Xaixais people of Klemtu, British Columbia have been stewards of their territory for thousands of years. As they have taken care of the complex ecosystem that surrounds them, the ecosystem has, in turn, taken care of them, providing food, clothing, shelter and inspiration for their rich and vibrant cultural traditions.

The Kitasoo/Xaixais people have always taken a very active role in protecting the integrity of the web of life that surrounds them - and it is no small task. Their traditional territory makes up part of a vast tract of coastal temperate rainforest that has become known as the Great Bear Rainforest. The land area is 65,000 square kilometres (25,000 sq miles) - an area roughly one and a half times the size of Switzerland. However the Kitasoo's stewardship responsibilities extend not only on land but also into the rich Pacific Ocean waters that surround their archipelago of islands.

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