An Indigenous storyteller and an ex-logger's quest to protect an ancient landscape

It’s one of the largest wild landscapes in the world, and two friends — a Dene-Kwagul storyteller and a logger-turned-conservationist — want to ensure it remains that way. 

The Muskwa-Kechika is a 16 million-acre wilderness in northeast British Columbia. It was stewarded by Indigenous peoples for thousands of years, and today it is one of the largest remaining tracts of wild land in North America.

“It’s six and a half per cent of the province … and it’s still in its pristine state. And by far the largest chunk of wilderness in the Rocky Mountains at this point,” said Wayne Sawchuk, a former logger-turned-conservationist and wilderness guide. 

But that area is increasingly of interest to resource

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