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The Prophetic Roderick Haig-Brown


Roderick Haig-Brown fishing at the mouth of the Campbell River in 1928.

Famed Campbell River conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown died at the age of 68 in 1976. Yet his writings prove startlingly relevant today. Booms and busts. Sustainable forestry. Wild salmon. Site C. LNG. Saving species. Each piece in this five-part Tyee series summons Roderick Haig-Brown’s wisdom and warnings on different contentious B.C. issues, and is drawn from Andrew Nikiforuk’s talk “Why Haig-Brown Matters More than Ever,” given last month in Campbell River at the Seventh Annual Haig Brown Memorial Lecture. A PDF is available here.

In This Series



BC’s Prophet: The Ghost of Roderick Haig-Brown Speaks

New series revisits the famed writer’s eerily apt warnings on today’s big issues.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 19 Dec 2016


Roderick Haig-Brown

Say No to BC’s ‘Avaricious’ Boom and Bust Rulers

Warnings from the ghost of Roderick Haig-Brown. Second in a series quoting the Campbell River visionary.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 20 Dec 2016



Fish Hatcheries Are No Fix and He Tried to Warn Us

Latest in a series quoting BC’s visionary conservationist, Roderick Haig-Brown.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 21 Dec 2016


Roderick Haig-Brown

Hovering over Site C, a Ghost with a Warning

Words for resisters, from BC’s late, great conservationist Roderick Haig-Brown. Part of a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 22 Dec 2016



Fight to Stop Oil Spoiling BC’s Coast Is 50 Years Old

Visionary Roderick Haig-Brown led it early. Last in a series.

By Andrew Nikiforuk, 23 Dec 2016

Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung