The Great Bear Rainforest is one of the most incredible marine and terrestrial ecosystems found anywhere in the world. This area contains unique and diverse wildlife, intact First Nation’s culture and thriving tourism industries.

In 2010 standup paddle boarder Norm Hann, along with sea kayaker Brian Huntington of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, paddled the proposed oil tanker route 400km from Kitimat to Bella Bella. The goal of the Standup4Greatbear Expedition was to bring awareness to the threat of these oil tankers in the Great Bear Rainforest and to highlight the traditional food harvesting areas of the First Nation’s people along the route. Since then Norm created the Standup4Greatbear Society.


Promote the education, awareness and protection of the Great Bear Rainforest and the Great Bear Sea through conservation expeditions, featured talks and presentations.

Support environmental, educational and youth-related projects in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Take A Stand – School Outreach Program

For a donation to the Standup4Greatbear Society please send us an email through our Contact page. All donations are re invested back into projects that support the health and protection of wildlife and culture of the Great Bear Rainforest.




An honor that was presented to the Standup4Greatbear Society by friend, accomplished artist, and activist, Roy Henry Vickers.

“The face in the center represents those who are willing to make a stand for our mother earth. A gray mist on the seas face and a gray dawn breaking, is the reason for the choice of gray. The circle represents the cycle of life and the overlapping circles that continue through our lives. The spirit bear represents the natural world and reminds us that what we do to this world affects all life in this world. The tree represents life and the forest that depends on our actions. The bear tracks remind us of a life’s journey and, in the grand scheme of things, it is short. What we do makes a difference in the world, the tracks we leave can lead others to stand up for truth, beauty, and strength of our ancestors. This creation is inspired by Norman Hann and his choice to stand up for truth, strength and beauty.”– Roy Henry Vickers

Roy Henry Vickers is a Canadian artist best known around the world for his limited edition prints. He is also an accomplished carver, design advisor of prestigious public spaces, a sought-after keynote speaker, and publisher and author of several successful books. He is a recognized leader in the First Nations community and has received many awards and honours for his art and community involvement.


Not long after the Standup4GreatBear expedition Norm met acclaimed filmmaker Anthony Bonello whose goal it was to bring the story of the proposed oil tankers and the threat to the Great Bear Rainforest to a much larger audience. This film focus’s on Norm’s standup paddleboard expedition to the wild shores of Haidi Gwaii, the woodworking students of Bella Bella and their hand made standup paddleboards, and the lifelong connection of the ocean to professional surfer Raph Bruhwiler. Stand is now on Netflix and DVD’s can be purchased through this website.