Barry Gough. (Submitted photo)

Barry Gough. (Submitted photo)

VIU ElderCollege hosts Barry Gough in March 5 presentation

Gough provides different approach to prevent logging of old-growth forets

The Vancouver Island (VIU) ElderCollege will have a presentation titled How and Why I Came to Possess Meares Island on Saturday, March 5.

A release from VIU ElderCollege stated the presentation will be given by Barry Gough, an author, historian and distinguished alumni from the University of Victoria.

Gough became the owner of Meares Island to protect the old-growth forests on the island. He will talk about how he became the agent for the lawyers of the Nuu Chah Nulth Tribal Council in the case against MacMillan Bloedel (Weyerhauser).

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Gough will give his perspective on the struggle to prevent logging on Meares Island while linking maritime history, Indigenous land rights, and modern environmental advocacy in the Clayoquot Sound.

The Saturday Speakers Series from VIU ElderCollege will continue online through ZOOM, and pre-registration is required at For those unfamiliar with ZOOM, there are free online sessions offered by VIU ElderCollege to help students learn about navigating ZOOM and online learning.

VIU ElderCollege is an adjunct program of Vancouver Island University and offers lifelong learning for those 50 years of age, or better.

Begun in 1993, VIU ElderCollege offers in-person and online continuing education in Nanaimo, Parksville Qualicum Beach and beyond.

More information on registration and the cost to attend Saturday’s presentation can be found at Phone inquiries can be made to 1-866-734-6252.

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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