Denis O’Gorman interview




EKOS Communications
Elders Council for Parks in British Columbia
Searle, D. Richard (Donald Richard), 1951

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Denis O’Gorman interviewed by Rick Searle. O’Gorman talks about his involvement with BC Parks as Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for BC Parks (1995-2001), his work with the Commission on Resources and Environment (CORE) (1992-1995), the Environment Land Use Secretariat (1976-1980) and Parks Canada (1971-1973). O’Gorman describes changes he saw in the field over the years, with the a good impetus in the 1970s, retrenchment in the 1980s and coalescence of the environmental movement in the 1990s. O’Gorman discusses his most memorable experiences and major accomplishments, including Purcell Wilderness Conservancy, Spatzsi, Tatshenshini-Alsek, Kitlope, the ceremony in Kitimat village, experiences with Chief Leonard George on Indian Arm and the cooperative management agreement. Part of Elders’ Council for Parks in British Columbia oral history interview series, collected for the documentary BC Parks: Celebrating 100 Years of Recreation and Protection found at


Interviews conducted by Rick (D. Richard) Searle, ca. 2007. O'Gorman interview running time: 0:00-16:43 minutes, Quicktime H.264 files. Donated to UVic Archives in 2008 by Rick Searle executive producer of EKOS Communications


O’Gorman, Denis, Elders Council for Parks of British Columbia, British Columbia. Forest Service., British Columbia. Parks Division., Parks--British Columbia