It's with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to officially introduce myself to you. My name is Coree Tull and I am excited to be joining the Freshwater Alliance and such a diverse group of freshwater champions.
I grew up in Vernon, British Columbia on the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples and now work, live and play on the territories of the Coast Salish peoples,including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. I am grateful for these original stewards of our land and water.
Water is life, and this is what drives me everyday.
Spending my childhood surrounded by and swimming in turquoise lakes, enjoying skiing on the powder of record snowfalls and watching streams in my neighbourhood come alive with spawning salmon every year. In 2003, I saw first-hand the devastating impact of low snowpacks, severe drought and wildfires in my community. I learned quickly about the connectivity of our water systems and the important role water plays in our lives--a source of recreation, health, wealth and connection for our communities. Since then I have been committed to learning about human relationships to water. Over my career I have built and organized grassroots campaigns to advocate for more just, equitable and sustainable communities.
For those of you in British Columbia, we have a unique and important opportunity in front of us right now: to shift the larger public discourse about freshwater and put pressure on the Government of British Columbia to implement robust regulations to the Water Sustainability Act. As a freshwater movement, we can help ensure all our waters are healthy and thriving.
Join me today by sending a letter to your MLA and the Ministers of Environment and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource. With the provincial election less than 4 months away it’s so important that the BC Provincial Government hears the collective voice of the freshwater community and takes action to ensure water for fish, the environment and basic human needs are safeguarded in law.
I am look forward to working with each of you and I welcome your thoughts and ideas anytime. You can send me a message to firstname.lastname@example.org