The Salish Sea

The Salish Sea bioregion is an estuarine inland sea surrounded by snow-capped mountain ranges and rich in biodiversity. Freshwater lakes and glaciers filter through temperate rainforest into rivers that meet the saltwater and tides from the Pacific Ocean, filling the Puget Sound, Georgia Basin, and Strait of Juan de Fuca. The name "Salish Sea" reflects the long history of Straits and Coast Salish peoples, who have developed deep and abiding relationships with the lands and waters of this region since time immemorial.

Over the past two centuries, the Canada-United States border and each nation's governance structures have cut across this waterscape and intersected with Indigenous nations' laws and governance systems in myriad ways. Millions of people from around the world have moved to the region's cities and rural areas. Settler colonial systems and industrial-scale population growth in the region, combined with extractive resource economies and global climate change, create challenges for the future of this region and all who live here.