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  • Telling the Siekopai Story with Jimmy Piaguaje part 8

    Meet Robinson Piaguaje, the young apprentice Shaman of the Siekoya Remolino and who is currently part of the SËRA Foundation expedition who are vis...
  • Telling the Siekopai Story with Piaguaje Part 7

    How do people connect and support with indigenous communities in a respectful way?

    The best way is to coordinate directly with the community, those who would like to visit indigenous communities and discover our medicine have the opportunity to do so.

  • Telling the Siekopai Story with Jimmy Piaguaje Part 6

    How did you grow up in your community and learn the ways of the Siekopai after the influences of the Missionaries? 'This is an interesting personal...
  • Telling the Siekopai Story with Jimmy Piaguaje Part 5

    What made you study film and media?  'I decided to study audiovisual production primarily because nowadays there are many tools in the strugg...
  • Telling the Siekopai Story with Jimmy Piaguaje Part 3

    'We learned that covid was spreading within the big cities, but we never thought that our people would be the first to suffer. So we see how the oil companies affect us.' Jimmy Piaguaje
  • Telling the Siekopai Story with Jimmy Piaguaje Part 4

    The Sacred Ceibo Tree To watch the interview clip use the link below https://youtu.be/Pl4JQ4l5pyc   "The elders have a lot of respect for the Ceib...
  • Telling the Siekopai Story with Jimmy Piaguage Part 2

    In this 10 part series BCC had the privilege to interview Jimmy Piaguaje, co-founder of our 2021 chosen charity SËRA Foundation. A youth leader of...
  • Telling the Siekopai Story with Jimmy Piaguaje Part 1

    Big Canopy Campout C.I.C had the privilege to meet and get to know Jimmy Piaguaje of the Siekoya Remolino community.  The community is from the Siekopai Nationality living in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador and with only 53 families are considered an endangered people suffering continuing pressures from extraction companies to the from their diminishing ancestral lands.

    Jimmy and the Siekopai have offered us an insight into living with and practising the connection to nature and our natural world, the one we see and the others we do not. The story is told from their words and we ask that you only listen openly to what they have to say.

    The money raised by BCC 2021 has gone to the SERA Foundation, established by Jimmy and 5 other youth leaders of the community to 

    'I believe that in order to create this new world, the dream we want to live as a society, it’s not just about one culture learning from another culture. It’s about a union of several cultures, of various forms of knowledge, so that we can create this balanced world, with an understanding of the worldview of indigenous people and also an understanding of the worldview where you come from.' Jimmy Piaguaje

  • Passion before fashion: principles of tree climbing by Peter Vergote

    Passion before fashion!  By Peter Vergote The reason for this article goes back more than 10 years, when my mate Jo Van Bouwel and I started as in...
  • A forest is not just a large collection of trees

    As we all know, a forest is not just a large collection of trees. A forest includes myriad other plants, along with fungi, insects, birds and mammals. Everything in a forest has its role, so planting trees without thinking about the ecosystem as a whole will not be effective. Some tree planting projects are more like plantations – so yes, they provide tree cover, but they are essentially monocultures and will never function as an old-growth forest does.
  • Can we really separate outdoor pursuits from nature?

    At BCC, we love the challenging elements of enjoying the outdoors. There’s an undeniable thrill to working out the best route up a new tree or finally arriving at a suitable campsite after hours of slipping and sliding on muddy forest paths. Surely, though, it wouldn’t be the same without the sights, smells and sounds of wildlife on the way? Can we really separate outdoor pursuits from nature? 
  • Sunday summary of events 2020

    At the time of writing, we have raised over $7500 AUD to support Bob Brown Foundation’s crucial campaigns and activism work, and we are hugely grateful to everyone who’s now climbing on the limited edition DMM gear that enabled us to raise these funds. We are also blown away by the sheer number of campouts registered this year – it’s the most we’ve ever had and we all feel very moved by your messages, photos and videos. In one of the most challenging years most of us have ever experienced, seeing everyone come together for our precious, irreplaceable forest habitats is a true balm for the soul.