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