20/20 Vision: Rooted in Indigenous Ecological Knowledge & Social Justice

Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

20/20 Vision – Rooted in Indigenous Ecological Knowledge & Social Justice

As we enter 2020, facing a complex web of existential crises defined by climate change, capitalism and colonial rule, an Indigenous lens is ever more critical to understanding the interwoven strategies we need to untangle our children’s futures.  

To be able to look into the future with 20/20 vision, we need to learn from our past, and centering Indigenous ecological knowledge, wisdom and values (IEK) will allow us the clearest line of sight for tackling, and adapting to the storms, floods, fires, and droughts headed our way. IEK –  humanity’s oldest living memories, would also be our best guide for a much-needed just transition towards a regenerative economy that serves to heal, restore and revitalize our lives, lands and food systems. 

All over the world, Indigenous songs and stories of subsistence hunting, fishing, farming and gathering have survived centuries of struggle against forces of colonial violence and dispossession. These stories provide future generations the best pathways for overcoming the “dig, burn, drive, dump” industrial paradigm causing climate change and ecological collapse. As Naomi Klein identifies in her book – This Changes Everything, “It is primarily such cultures that have kept this alternate way of seeing the world alive in the face of the bulldozers of colonialism and corporate globalization.”

For the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty (WGIFS), the strategic purpose of intergenerational sharing of IEK is defined by the complex beauty of the  natural systems that nourish us. “Our work centers the health and wellbeing of all life, including salmon, moose, elk and other people, plants and animals we rely on for our food,” said Dawn Morrison, Founder/Curator of the WGIFS. “The best way we can defend our grandchildren’s future is to protect, conserve and restore the health of the forests, fields and waterways where we hunt, fish, farm and gather our food,” she added.

Today, these forests, fields and waterways are under attack from a host of destructive industries such as mines, oil and gas pipelines, as well as the proliferation of toxic chemicals and loss of biodiversity caused by plantation forestry, industrial agriculture, and open-net fish farms. 

The WGIFS stands in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and Secwepemc Tiny House Warriors in their resolve to stop the federal and provincial governments and corporations building pipelines that threaten our communities, culture, water, land and food systems. Our front line activists are also concerned about the increasing incidences of violence against women and children living in close proximity to the man camps being set up for constructing these oil and gas pipelines. 

In the spirit of Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela who called for Rainbow People to unite in a post-apartheid South Africa, and the Rainbow Coalitions of the 1960’s that called for revolutionary solidarity across black, brown, Indigenous and poor white communities, we invite all peoples to stand with Indigenous communities on the front lines of stopping the widespread destruction of our forests, fields and waterways. We urge you to join us in powerful alliance to serve the Earth and all creation – guided by principles of Indigenous Food Sovereignty,” stated Morrison.

Media Contacts:

Dawn Morrison, Founder/Curator,

Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty:                                      778.879.5106

Ananda Lee Tan, Communications Support

Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty                                       778-875-0696


A celebration of the spirit of wild salmon.

Swim with us!

From the Salish Seas to the Fraser Canyon:  Coast Salish territory to Nlaka’pamux and St’at’imc territory (Lytton and Lillooet)

Self-organize all travel, meals and accommodation.

Save the Dates: July 5 – 9th, 2019

For more detailed travel times and locations visit the Travel Itinerary tab and Facebook page. 




Dawn Morrison, dmo6842@gmail.com,

Wilson Mendes, wilsonpmendes@gmail.com

A celebration of the spirit of wild salmon!

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

Visit our Facebook page for more up to date information:

Swim with us! Get involved in #WSC2019

For information on how to get involved contact:

Dawn Morrison @ dmo6842@gmail.com

Lori Snyder sharing wisdom

“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 –

Thoughts from Secwepemc Matriarch, Bernice Heather.

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