Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society BC Chapter

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is Canada's grassroots voice for wilderness. Founded in 1963, CPAWS has helped protect over 400,000 square kilometres of threatened areas. The British Columbia Chapter was founded in 1979, and is one of 13 CPAWS Chapters. CPAWS is a non-profit membership-based conservation organization, and it remains the only national non-profit organization devoted exclusively to protecting Canada's wilderness heritage.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society was a Brainerd Foundation grantee from 2001 to 2016.

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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Grant history


$2,500 - To support the organization's participation in the IUCN's World Conservation Congress this fall. Opportunity fund


$3,000 - To establish a national park in the South Okanagan Similkameen area in collaboration with First Nations. Opportunity fund


$3,000 - To attend a Treaty 8 Association Boreal Caribou Workshop. Opportunity fund


$3,000 - To design a communications plan for a new wilderness protection campaign in B.C. Opportunity fund


$2,200 - To fund a helicopter tour for chiefs and elders of the Moose Valley--an area already damaged by the Kemess North mine prior to its proposed expansion. Opportunity fund


$3,000 - To encourage and facilitate community and ENGO support for a campaign to develop a viable provincial parks system by 2011. Opportunity fund


$3,000 - To support an evalution of the proposed Kemess mine by the Kwadacha First Nation. Opportunity fund


$20,000 - For general support to protect British Columbia's wild ecosystems in parks and wilderness areas. Place-based conservation


$35,000 - For general support to bolster conservation campaigns in Northern and Southern B.C., and to strengthen CPAWS-BC's financial, fundraising, communications, advocacy and organizational capacity building plans. Place-based conservation


$50,000 - To support the group's B.C. chapter in holding on to the gains that protect provincial parks, build a donor base, and support a transition to a new executive director. Conservation capacity


$3,000 - To present a case for maintaining BC's park system which is facing funding cuts from the new government. Opportunity fund