The idea for the Wild Salmon Caravan was ‘spawned’ at the Wild Salmon Convergence in 2014, a think tank that brought together Indigenous fisher/folk, researchers, lawyers, and activists to discuss issues, situations and strategies concerning the record low numbers of wild salmon returning to the spawning grounds.
Wild salmon are our most important Indigenous food and cultural and ecological keystone species in the forests, fields and waterways where Indigenous peoples persist in some of the most sustainable hunting, fishing, and gathering strategies of humanity.
Inspired by the long legacy of political activism upheld by Indigenous peoples throughout colonization, the Wild Salmon Caravan is a community arts-based engagement in wild salmon issues. The intention of the WSC is to nurture the creative energy that wild salmon have inspired through the ages, and affirm inter-tribal relationships that are the foundation of Indigenous trade and fisheries knowledge systems. The collaboration and creative energy will serve to educate, inform, and transform the darkness surrounding the industrial storm that is endangering wild salmon.
In a similar spirit as the world-renowned Mardi Gras festival, we invite the Rainbow Nation (people of all colours) to join us in lively and colourful expressions of our love for wild salmon. We invite Indigenous Peoples to wear cultural regalia at ceremonies, feasts, and walks for wild salmon, and hope to see costumes, banner, placards, clothing and imagery inspired by diverse cultures and artists in the events community soon to a community near you.
Stone Soup Festival: Brittania Community Centre (Vancouver), May 11th
Farm 2 School Spring Celebration: Xpey School (Vancouver), May 30th
‘Q’emcín 2 Rivers Remix: Nlaka’pamux Territory (Lytton), July 6th & 7th
Sustenance Festival: Roundhouse Community Centre (Vancouver), September 15th – 28th
Koksilah Music Festival: Providence Farm (Duncan), September 6th – 8th
Kamloops Art Gallery Exhibit and Let’s Talk about Wild Salmon Forum (Kamloops), dates TBA
Arts Builds and Wild Salmon Caravan Garden –Strathcona Fieldhouse (Vancouver), dates TBA
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For information on how to get involved contact:
Dawn Morrison @ firstname.lastname@example.org
“You know when we’re tasting that we are awakening something inside of us, right?
I like to remind people that wherever you go travelling, you eat the local foods there. There’s something about that experience that makes it really rich. So why not bring that here to our own locality and honour this food? Honour these traditions, this wisdom that’s been imparted, grown on this land forever.
We’re going through this time of ‘let’s get truthful and honest and let’s have a conversation and share what has happened on this land.’ All across Turtle Island. I think that’s where our Reconciliation comes to: the food. Really honouring what has been here long before we as people were here.”
– Lori Snyder –
it is art, it is caring for and protecting Wild Salmon and waters in keeping in living in harmony with Nature, it is the Rainbow Tribe working together with FN, it is renewing our kinship ties all along the way, it is creating awareness amongst the youth in schools, it is problem-solving, it is Spiritual, it brings the generations together, it brings everyone who works with Wild salmon together, it is ancestral and contemporary at the same time, it raises the vibrations for the protection of Wild salmon and waters through drumming and signing, it brings us all together in the telling of the stories of our water people, it brings communities together from the Salish Sea to the Spawning grounds of the Sockeye Salmon. It is a Movement, it comes from the heart, it is a celebration, it is feasts, it is sharing, it is Family. IT IS SACRED!
Photo by Murray Bush
On September 27, 2018, local school children join the Wild Salmon Caravan parade through the streets of Merritt. The Caravan spent two days in Nlaka’pamux hosted by the Lower Nicola Indian Band, honouring wild salmon and discussing how to protect them. Photos: Murray Bush
The Wild Salmon Caravan travelled to Chilliwack Monday to visit with local school kids and Stó:lō Peoples for a feast and songs, dances and stories of water and wild salmon. Visit: Wild Salmon Caravan Photos: Murray Bush
2018 Wild Salmon Caravan welcomed to Xwísten
Caravaners were welcomed last night with a wild salmon feast and bear dance to Xwísten (Bridge River Indian Band) outside Lillooet. Today (Sep 25th, 2018) is a public community forum ‘Lets Talk About Salmon & Water.’