Permastoked with Derik Hyatt

Norm Hann - Get Up, Stand Up, Standup4Greatbear

August 16, 2021

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In this episode, Derik Hyatt chats with Norm Hann about his passion for oceans, coastlines, and the powerful connection between people and the environment.  After a university basketball and high school teaching career in Sudbury, Ontario, Norm made the decision to travel west to enroll; in a wilderness guide training program in Vancouver. Upon completion he was hired as an adventure guide in the Great Bear Rainforest on the north coast of British Columbia.  In 2006, he was given the ultimate coastal honour of being adopted by Eva Hill into the Raven Clan and given the name T’aam Laan meaning “Steersman of the Canoe.”

In 2008, Norm discovered stand up paddleboarding and with almost a decade of guiding experience under his belt in the Great Bear Rainforest, Norm Hann Expeditions was born.  Shortly after the first couple of sup trips to the Great Bear, the real threat of oil tankers traveling through the area began to take shape in the form of the Northern Gateway Project.  Norm decided to paddle the proposed tanker route. The route was from Kitimat 400km south to Bella Bella. The expedition was called Standup4Greatbear and to inform everyone of what was at risk. Standup4Greatbear Society continues to promote the education, awareness, and protection of the Great Bear Rainforest and the Great Bear Sea, through conservation expeditions, featured talks and presentations.  In 2012, Norm was contacted by acclaimed filmmaker Anthony Bonello to bring the story of the threat to the coast to a larger audience. Shortly after recruiting talented photographer Nicolas Teichrob, the Stand film project began. The film highlights Norm’s 350km expedition along the coast of Haida Gwaii, the Heiltsuk students of Bella Bella building their own wooden cedar paddleboards, along with the surfing and coastal connection of waterman and Tofino local Raphael Bruhwiler.  Norm believes that as paddlers we have a responsibility to stand up for these places that give us so much and to protect these areas for future generations.  Norm Hann Expeditions can connect you with powerful environments so that you can build your own personal connections and experience the things in life that matter the most.

This episode was recorded on March 17, 2021 and may contain coarse language that could be deemed offensive.  Listener discretion is advised.

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