Clayoquot Peace Camp Oral Histories

Items in the Clayoquot Peace Camp Oral Histories Collection

Oral history interview with Irene Abbey Day 1 (audio recording and transcript)
Irene talks in detail about the various forms of activism and campaigns she had been involved in over many years. She discusses how she decided to get arrested at Clayoquot Sound, including the journey to the camp and the arrest itself. She talks…

Oral history interview with Kim Back (audio recording and transcript)
Kim describes in detail her decision to get arrested Clayoquot Sound along with other Denman Islanders. She discusses her fears in the camp the night before the arrest, the processes of getting arrested and processed, the subsequent trial and…

Oral history interview with Linda Bassingthwaite (audio recording and transcript)
Linda describes her experience of getting arrested at Kennedy Bridge in 1993, and the judicial process that occurred after her arrest, including the court proceedings and her experience of house-arrest. She also talks about her life history and the…

Oral history interview with Jan Bate (audio recording and transcript)
Jan describes how her interest in feminism and environmentalism led to her involvement with the Friends of Clayoquot, where she worked in many roles over the years. She discusses some of the decisions she made as a Director of the Friends, such as…

Oral history interview with Louise Bell (audio recording and transcript)
Louise describes how she became interested and involved with the campaign at Clayoquot Sound, and her subsequent arrest, trial and sentencing. At times she is critical of her experience in the camp. She also discusses her life story, her upbringing…

Oral history interview with Greg Brown (audio recording and transcript)
Greg talks about his involvement with the peace-camp as a frequent visitor, tensions at the camp and running his Bed & Breakfast near Clayoquot Sound. He speaks about the friendships that were fostered at camp. He is saddened by the lack of changes…

Oral history interview with Jane Fawkes (audio recording and transcript)
In this interview Jane discusses her involvement with the Clayoquot Sound peace camp. She shares why she chose to get arrested and describes her experience with the court system: the decision to defend herself, the work that went into preparing for…

Oral history interview with Fireweed (audio recording and transcript)
Fireweed talks about her artwork and how this led to her interest in spirituality, environmentalism and ecofeminism. She talks about her daily life at the camp and gives an account of a traumatic experience that led to her leaving the camp, touching…

Oral history interview with Jacinta French (audio recording and transcript)
In this interview, Jacinta shares the names of colleagues connected to the Clayoquot Sound peace camp, and describes their work. She talks about her time working for the Friends of Clayoquot Sound and the campaign and provides an overview of the…

Oral history interview with Atty Gell (audio recording and transcript)
Atty talks about daily life at the camp and her reasons for joining the campaign at Clayoquot Sound. She reflects on the tensions in the camp, especially in relation to gender issues, and her strong feelings towards wilderness and mother earth. She…

Oral history interview with Jay Hamburger (audio recording and transcript)
In discussing his biography, Jay talks about his involvement with other types of activism and how this led to his and his wife, Atty’s, engagement with the Clayoquot Sound blockade. He talks about his first impressions on arrival at the camp, from…

Oral history interview with Dana Kagis (audio recording and transcript)
Dana discusses early days at the camp and daily life there, cooking and cleaning and becoming involved in peacekeeping training and with the Friends of Clayoquot. She talks about how the camp changed over the summer and the differences between the…

Oral history interview with Kami Kanetuska (audio recording and transcript)
In this interview, Kami describes getting involved in activism at Clayoquot, and initially travelling to the camp. She talks about her experience working as a freelance writer, shares her thoughts on the international support Clayoquot received, and…

Oral history interview with Betty Krawczyk (audio recording and transcript)
In this interview, Betty discusses how she first heard about Clayoquot Sound and the peace camp, why she chose to get arrested and the time she spent in jail. She describes growing up in Louisiana and her family life. She talks about her children and…

Oral history interview with Valerie Langer (partial audio recording and transcript)
In this interview, Valerie discusses her work in environmental activism. She shares how she came to work for the Friends of Clayoquot Sound (FOCS). She describes her role within FOCS as well as the origins of the organisation and its structure. She…

Oral history interview with Miriam Leigh (audio recording and transcript)
In this interview, Miriam talks about her life before, during and after the Clayoquot Sound peace camp. She describes growing up in Virginia, going to university, moving to Vancouver and then to Denman Island. She discusses raising children, activism…

Oral history interview with Norleen Lillico (audio recording and transcript)
Norleen talks about her involvement with activism at the Walbran, leading up to Clayoquot, and discusses differences between the two actions as well as experience with other blockades and with getting arrested and being in jail, and then on house…

Oral history interview with Chris Lowther (audio recording and transcript)
Chris discusses her experiences of violence in the family home and how her personal biography influenced her interest in injustices. She also discusses her eventual move to England, where she got involved in Greenham Common and animal rights…

Oral history interview with Jean McLaren  (audio recording and transcript)
Jean discusses her intense involvement with the campaign at Clayoquot Sound and the routines of daily life at the camp. She talks about running non-violence workshops, peaceful action and the importance of feminist principles. She also talks about…

Oral history interview with Mike Morrell (audio recording and transcript)
Mike talks about his experiences of living in the camp at Clayoquot Sound, attributing the camp’s success to its leadership and consensus-based principles. He reflects on feminism, ecofeminism and gender related issues and tensions at the camp.…

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