A Celebration of The Spirit of Wild Salmon: Calling out to BIPOC Artists, Matriarchs and Fisherfolks!

August 7, 2020


The Wild Salmon Caravan ‘spawned’ at the Wild Salmon Convergence in 2014, a think-tank community gathering that brought together Indigenous fisher-people, community leaders, and researchers. The purpose was to discuss issues, concerns, situations and strategies for Indigenous knowledge in wild salmon conservation that addressed the record low numbers of wild salmon returning to the Adams/Shuswap Lake Watershed to spawn. 

In the spirit of Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela who called for Rainbow Peoples to unite in a post-apartheid South Africa, as well as the Rainbow Coalitions of the 1960’s that called for revolutionary solidarity across black, brown, Indigenous and poor white communities, we invite Peoples of all colours to stand with Indigenous communities to stop the widespread destruction of wild salmon and their habitat in the forests, fields and waterways.

Following the theme of Rainbow Warriors, we call on you to join us in lively and colourful artistic and cultural expressions of our love for wild salmon in the Wild Salmon Caravan 2020 parade and art exhibit being planned at Strathcona Park on September 19, 2020. An online panel presentation on the topic of Indigenous Peoples and Wild Salmon Conservation is also being planned for September 20, 2020. The events are being planned by the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty in partnership with Vines Art Festival. 

Wild salmon are our most important Indigenous food and cultural and ecological keystone species. We hope you will join us and participate in the following ways. All events are being planned following COVID-19 safe protocols and will be livestreamed. Physical space will be limited to observe physical distancing. 

  1. Procession: If you would like to participate in the ceremonial procession (zoom accessible) on September 19th in either regalia or costume please contact Bear at. fieldsofliberty@gmail.com. Observing COVID-19 safe protocols. 
  2. If you feel inspired to create visual, audio, wearable, or performing art please apply to Heather Lamoureux with a brief description of your idea. Everyone is invited to create art, honorariums will be offered to selected BIPOC artists. heather@vinesartfestival.com
    • We can showcase videos that are 1 – 3 minutes long 
    • We can showcase photos and visual art designs either online or in print, banners are also welcome! 

Please send your idea to Heather by August 24th. 

More info about past Salmon Caravans can be found in our online 2019 photo exhibit here: https://vinesartfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/WSC-Brochure-2019.pdf

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

MEDIA RELEASE                                                             January 2, 2019

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

Centering Indigenous ecological knowledge, wisdom and values (IEK) will allow humanity the clearest line of sight on how to thrive and adapt to the storms, floods, fires, and droughts headed our way. Looking to the future with 20/20 vision calls on us to look to the past for guidance from IEK, the oldest living memories of humanity – best suited to guide us in a much needed just transition towards regeneration and healing in the land and food system.

All over the world, the songs and stories of subsistence hunting, fishing, farming and gathering have survived centuries of struggle against forces of colonial violence and dispossession, and they are the most meaningful alternative to the “dig, burn, drive, dump” industries driving 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 compelling beauty of the intergenerational transmission of IEK is ultimately defined by the complexity in the natural systems that nourish us. “Our work centers the health and wellbeing of all beings including the salmon, the moose, the elk, and the 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.

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 corporate proponents of oil and gas pipelines who pose significant social, cultural, and ecological risk to the health and integrity of Indigenous land and food systems. In addition to standing against the proliferation of toxic chemicals and loss of biodiversity caused by plantation forestry, industrial agriculture, and open net cage fish farms, front line activists are standing up in opposition to the risks associated with increased numbers of incidence of violence against women and children who live in close proximity to the man camps being set up for construction of oil and gas pipelines.

“In a similar spirit as Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandella who organized for a post-apartheid South Africa; and the African American Black – led Rainbow Coalitions of the 1960’s, we call on all people to stand in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples on the front lines of stopping widespread destruction to our forests, fields and waterways. We urge you to join the diverse and powerful alliances forming to serve the Earth and all of creation – aligned with the principles of Indigenous Food Sovereignty and social justice” 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

September 8th, 2018 – Community Outreach & Postering

This Saturday is the International Day of Action. Come out and join us for some postering to support the Wild Salmon Caravan and to draw attention to issues that impact wild salmon populations.

We will meet at the Roundhouse Community Center and make our way up to the Vancouver Art Gallery to attend the Rise for Climate rally and march.

Lets show our commitment to the protection of wild salmon and come together as a community to demand climate justice and celebrate the court win against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

Indigenous Food Sovereignty Short Film Night

The Gathering Festival Presents: Indigenous Food Sovereignty.

A Free Evening Of Short Films With Local Filmmakers + Guest Speakers.

Sunday June 17, 2018| 7:30pm – 9:30pm

VIFF Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC

RESERVE TICKETS HERE

Presenting:

Fish Farm by Lindsey Mae Willie

Indigenous Plant Diva by Kamala Todd

“spiritual land claim” by Dorothy Christian

A Poetic Call To Action by Andrea Cessna

Honouring Our Matriarchs by The Wild Salmon Caravan Media Team

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Let’s Make Art With Haisla Collins!

Let’s Make Art With Haisla Collins!

Gathering Festival + Wild Salmon Caravan 2018 present Haisla Collins for FREE all ages workshops.

Come make art, banners & salmon sticks for:

Annual Gathering Festival Solstice Parade, Thursday, June 21, 2018.
Wild Salmon Caravan Parade, Saturday, September 22, 2018.

June 2nd, 9th & 16th from 2-5pm.
The Gathering Place, 609 Helmcken Street, Vancouver BC.

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Wild Salmon Caravan 2018: Calling All Artists!

Wild Salmon Caravan 2018: Calling All Artists!

Celebrating the spirit of wild salmon. Calling all Artists!

Planning for the 4th Annual Wild Salmon Caravan is well underway. Help us nurture the creative life-giving energy that wild salmon have inspired through the ages. Calling all artists, organizations and diverse cultural groups to plan and host arts-build workshops. Create parade floats, regalia, costumes, banners and/or organize visual or performing arts events in the time leading up to our annual Caravan. We will be hosting Mardi Gras style parades and sacred ceremonies Sept. 22-29 in Vancouver, Chase and other communities along the route of the salmon to the Adams River.

Our theme this year is mermaids!

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2018 Wild Salmon Caravan Sept. 22 – 29!

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Our theme this year is mermaids!

Create or facilitate art in your medium of choice, following themes that relate wild salmon to mermaids, matriarchs, water, healing, regeneration, transformation and change, sustainable energy and Indigenous food systems. We invite everyone to take part in our parades and programs in colourful, creative, cultural expressions of love for wild salmon.

Join us as we follow the Sockeye from the Salish Sea to Secwepemcul’ecw!

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Wild Salmon Caravan 2017: Honouring Our Matriarchs Video

Wild Salmon Caravan 2017: Honouring Our Matriarchs Video

The Working Group of Indigenous Food Sovereignty would like to publicly acknowledge and express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for the communities of support that gave, so freely, countless hours of time, energy and a wealth of ideas for planning of programs and logistical coordination for the Wild Salmon Caravan 2017. Continue reading “Wild Salmon Caravan 2017: Honouring Our Matriarchs Video”

EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE

EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE

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PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 

We would like to publicly acknowledge and express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for the communities of support that gave, so freely, countless hours of time, energy and a wealth of ideas for planning of programs and logistical coordination for the Wild Salmon Caravan 2017.

We are especially grateful for the ancestral guidance, teachings, and the generous hospitality that was extended as we traveled through 5 Coast and Interior Salish communities in the unceded ancestral territories from the Salish Seas Corridor on our way to the Adams River/Little Shuswap Lake.

We would like to make a special mention to our funders from the First Nations Health Authority, Heritage Canada 150+, Vancouver Parks Board, Vancity, BC Teachers Federation, Brewster Kneen and all the other individuals who donated to our crowdfunding campaign.

The journey was a beautiful expression of tribal values where peoples of all cultures came together to show the world how important and inspiring wild salmon are to our land and food system. We apologize in advance for any names we may have missed in our public acknowledgement, and would like to say a special thank you to the many volunteers who showed up so humbly in anonymity to be of service in this rapidly expanding social movement.

The huge response and success of the WSC could not have happened without the financial, technical, human, and in kind support provided by the many individuals and organizations listed below. Continue reading “EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE”

Wild Salmon Caravan Media Advisory | September 18, 2017

Wild Salmon Caravan Media Advisory | September 18, 2017

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 18, 2017

Matriarchs to lead Wild Salmon Caravan

VANCOUVER – The Wild Salmon Caravan will launch its third annual journey with a Rainbow Parade in Vancouver on Saturday, Oct. 7. The Caravan will then make several stops as it follows the wild salmon from the Salish Seas to Secwepemcul’ecw territory. The Caravan will be led this year by Salish matriarchs from Indigenous communities all along the route from Vancouver to the Adams River.

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