Race Rocks: Officially Designated as an MPA Sept 14, 2000

Canada’s Ocean’s Minister Herb Dhaliwal and British Columbia’s Environment Minister Joan Sawicki join students and faculty of Lester Pearson College in a tour of Canada’s first Marine Protected Area on the morning of September 14th, 2000.

Guests approaching Race Rocks in the Second Nature
Group Photo
Pearson College faculty member,
Garry Fletcher explains the technology involved in the racerocks.com project while Pearson College student Karl Braun takes the video for the live webcast from Race Rocks .
Canada’s Ocean’s Minister Herb Dhaliwal and British Columbia’s Environment Minister Joan Sawicki join students and faculty of Lester Pearson College in a tour of Canada’s first Marine Protected Area on the morning of September 14th, 2000
In the tank room. Ryan Murphy
(PC year 26) shows the ministers some of the marine invertebrates that live in the area.
Minister Joan Sawicki and Minister Herb Dhaliwal at Race Rocks Federal Fisheries Minister Herb Dhaliwal Damien and Karl setting up camera 4 for the live webcast
Speakers, invited guests and members of the press assemble for the opening of the Marine Protected Area which was live webcast on racerocks.com. Minister Dhaliwal and Minister Sawicki put the seal of approval of their respective governments on the management of the area by one body with representatives of the First Nations, Provincial and Federal Governments. Coast Salish Council representative on the Race Rocks Advisory Board, Tom Sampson meets the federal and provincial ministers before singing an opening prayer and speaking about the importance of the new MPA to the First Nations people. They emphasized the cooperative role they would all play in the tripartied stewardship of the area.
Text of the speech given by the Honourable Herb Dahliwell Minister of Fisheries and Oceans-
Provincial Environment Minister Joan Sawicki speaks in the lecture theatre. Text of the Joint Federal Provincial Press Release.
During her speach, the sea lions looked on live on the screen from Race Rocks! The Ministers meet with the members of the Race Rocks Advisory Board who worked over the past year to achieve a consensus on the MPA Proposal. Archived Video of Race Rocks officially being declared a Marine Protected Area by Canada’s Ocean’s Minister Herb Dhaliwal and British Columbia’s Environment Minister Joan Sawicki.
Our thanks to Photographers Jean-Olivier Dalphond (PC year 26) and Barbara Pedrick