BC sasquatch researcher’s memory lives on with bigfoot conference


A renowned Courtenay-based biologist and leading Canadian sasquatch researcher has left big feet to fill, and Thomas Sewid hopes a big feet conference is a step in the right direction.

Dr. John Bindernagel was known – infamous – throughout the scientific community for his passionate dedication to researching the mysterious creature and was known throughout the bigfoot community.

Bindernagel found tracks in Strathcona Park – one of the reasons he moved to the Comox Valley as it was an area rich in sasquatch sightings.

While the scientist passed away in 2018, his friend and Facebook group Sasquatch Island moderator wanted to honor Bindernagel’s memory with Bindercon 2022 – an annual sasquatch memorial conference.

The conference – now set for October 29 at the Sid Williams Theater in Courtenay – was originally set to take place a few years ago.

Due to the pandemic, Sewid postponed the event to this year.

“I was actually at John’s house when I got the go-ahead to host the conference,” he explained. “He put the Comox Valley on the map in terms of sasquatches.”

Bindernagel’s son, Chris, told the Record that his father was important within the scientific community because he pushed the boundaries in trying to gain acceptability in mainstream science.

“(He had) a really keen curiosity and engagement with what was around him in the natural world. It was really inspirational to me,” he said.

“(His frustration) was really at the center of his work in recent years in particular. Not necessarily trying to convince the scientific community as a whole, but trying to get them to consider the evidence appropriately, to look seriously and to see what was available, not just dismiss them out of hand.

Sewid noted that Chris will attend the conference and focus on his father and pay tribute to the researcher. Additionally, presenters include Terrance James, a Valley-based author who recently published a biography on Bindernagel and Andrew Walas Puglas Jr. of We Wai Kum First Nation and Holmalco who will speak and share the Laichwailtach Dzoonakwa (sasquatch) mask with insignia.

Sewid is also planning a donation at the end of the conference to Chris Bindernagel to support his family.

“Sasquatches are humans of the night…they are like the white whale, the white deer or the white crow. You will eventually see them.

Conference tickets are $40 and can be purchased by emailing [email protected] For more information on the conference, visit the Sasquatch Island Facebook Group.

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