Haisla Nation Council offers its condolences to the family of Bruce Hill, who was a long-time ally of the Haisla and Henaaksiala people. He was instrumental in the campaign to protect the Kitlope from logging in the early 1990s, after wandering into the Kitlope on a fishing trip with some friends and happening upon a logging road layout crew in the estuary (Miskusa).
A former logger himself, Bruce fell in love with the Kitlope and vowed to see it protected. He and his fellow fishermen joined forces with the Haisla leadership and Ecotrust who, together, succeeded in protecting what was thought to be the largest unlogged temperate rainforest watershed in the world.
Bruce was also the founding Executive Director of the Nanakila Institute, helping to establish children’s rediscovery camps in the Kitlope, helping to establish a Haisla/Provincial co-management board for the new Huchsduwachsdu Nuyem Jees / Kitlope Heritage Conservancy, getting Haisla members trained as Watchmen, and achieving a ban on grizzly bear hunting in the Kitlope which led to the return of the grizzlies within the following decade.
During all of this he became close friends with Gerald Amos, who was the elected-Chief at the time. Bruce and Gerald later founded Kitlope Ecotours, which employed Haisla people in bringing guests from around the world to share the beauty of the Kitlope. Around 2004, Bruce and Gerald founded the Headwaters Initiative, where they played leading roles in many important conservation efforts over the following decade, including the successful campaign to protect Haisla waters from crude oil tankers and pipelines.