Wild Salmon Caravan Is Back For 2017!!!

Hey everyone!

We are BACK for 2017 and have a lot of work to do.

Here’s some calls to action!

The Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty and community planning teams for the Wild Salmon Caravan are calling on food system networks, artists, health hubs, and environmental groups to self organize on the following items:

  • Self-organize community participation in the WSC Mardi Gras style parades and events (see travel itinerary for times and dates of community events).
  • Host arts build workshops and create banners, costumes, regalia, and floats for a WSC parade coming soon to a community near you.
  • Share the save the date and arts build posters widely on social media:
    October 7th-12th, 2017 – Vancouver to Adams River
  • Follow and use the #WildSalmonCaravan2017 hashtag and tag @wildsalmoncaravan on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
  • Follow our blog. Look for follow button to your right.
  • Create and upload short video clips to our Facebook page to tell others why the wild salmon are important to you. What’s YOUR salmon story?
  • Volunteer for planning team for logistics and hosting of parades.
  • Inquire about cash donations. (use contact form)
  • Donate food for feasts – contact a  regional planning team near you in either of the following communities. (also use contact form)

We will be looking for community planning teams in the following centres:
Vancouver, Chilliwack, Merritt, Kamloops or Chase. Stay tuned for volunteer information and regional planning team gathering.

Stay tuned on our Calls To Action page for more details coming up!

If you have any questions or concerns…get to us through our new Contact Us page.


WSC at BCFSN Gathering 2017

Well that sure is a mouthful isn’t it?
For those that don’t know the acronyms, the Wild Salmon Caravan was honoured to present at the BC Food Systems Network Gathering 2017 held at UBC Farms on unceded Musqueam Territory.

The gathering kicked off with a traditional welcoming by Jeri Sparrow and consisted of three days of conversations around the food systems in British Columbia.

Wild Salmon Caravan delivered a presentation entitled “Mobilizing Support For Indigenous Sovereignty Through The Wild Salmon Caravan” along side an arts build. Many great connections were made as well as an ideation session with 9 members of different food systems organizations from around B.C.

Below are some photos of the process and final product.

We started with a conversation around ‘what wild salmon means to us’. Ronnie kept notes of key concepts, values and understandings in a word cloud.

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This data was then transferred from paper to software and created into a graphic declaration and promotional material for Wild Salmon Caravan.

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Thanks to the BC Food Systems Network for having us out and thanks for your work.

What does salmon mean to you?

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Thanks!



Voices of Wild Salmon!

 

Paul Wagner shares his passion for salmon and invites you to the Wild salmon Caravan, June 6-11, 2016. See you there!

….let the wild salmon hear our songs.

 

Desiree Wallace shares her passion for salmon and invites you to the Wild salmon Caravan, June 6-11, 2016. See you there!
….let the wild salmon hear our songs.

 

Mike Gildersleeve shares his passion for salmon and invites you to the Wild salmon Caravan, June 6-11, 2016. See you there!
….let the wild salmon hear our songs.

 

Dionne McGrath shares her passion for salmon and invites you to the Wild salmon Caravan, June 6-11, 2016. See you there!
….let the wild salmon hear our songs.

 

Paul Aquino shares his passion for salmon and invites you to the Wild salmon Caravan, June 6-11, 2016. See you there!
….let the wild salmon hear our songs.

 

Terry Wilkinson shares her passion for salmon and invites you to the Wild salmon Caravan, June 6-11, 2016. See you there!
….let the wild salmon hear our songs.

 

Troy Olsen shares his passion for salmon and invites you to the Wild salmon Caravan, June 6-11, 2016. See you there!
….let the wild salmon hear our songs.

 

Shirley Williams shares her passion for salmon and invites you to the Wild salmon Caravan, June 6-11, 2016. See you there!
….let the wild salmon hear our songs.


Wild Salmon Crowdfunding

 

Donate to the Wild Salmon Caravan!

The Wild Salmon Caravan (WSC) is being planned for June 6 to June 11, 2016, and will engage communities in caravan style parades, and arts and cultural events where ancient salmon ceremonies and songs will call the wild salmon home to the rivers and streams where they have played out their lives in birth and death since time immemorial. We invite you to join us when we travel from the headwaters of the Fraser River at Mount Robson to the Salish Seas. We are calling on artists, clowns, Indigenous peoples, farmers and people of all cultures to come out in creative expressions of our love for wild salmon.

 

Click here!  https://crowdgift.ca/Wild-Salmon-Caravan

Support for the Wild Salmon Caravan 2016 comes from a mutual aid network of partners that contribute in the following ways; staff time (planning, hosting and coordinating, logistics on site), meeting space, art supplies, promotion, transportation, and cash (in person donations from community fundraising activities).

Some project partners include: Still Moon Arts Society, Britannia Community Centre, Vancouver Parks Board, First Nations Health Authority, BC Food Systems Network, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty,  Kamloops Food Policy Council, United Church, Adams Lake Indian Band, and other Indigenous bands and tribal councils.

We greatly appreciate the support received thus far, however there is a need to raise additional funds. You can become a part of the Wild Salmon Caravan Mutual Aid Network by donating to help cover the cost of artists’ participation, and ensure that cost is not a barrier to low income people without the means to travel in the caravan.

By contributing financially to this journey you are not only promoting the conservation of Wild Salmon, but also increasing the chances of survival of many other beings who rely on them for food.

Our goal is to raise enough money to rent two utility vans to travel from Vancouver to Mount Robson and back, to carry banners, posters, and supplies, and one van to carry helpers and volunteers. We are also seeking contributions to provide honoraria to the artists who are often the most underpaid sector in the economy.

It’s time to start creating your banners, flags, posters, music, storytelling activities, regalia, and decorating your vehicles and bicycles for the parade!

The Salmon Will Hear Our Songs

For thousands of years, the wild salmon have been our most important Indigenous food. They are a cultural and ecological keystone species in the Pacific and Inland temperate rainforests, and are an indicator of the health and integrity of the Indigenous land and food system. They feed the bears, the wolves, the eagles, the soil, the trees, and our families and communities.

Indigenous communities are critically concerned about the declining health and abundance of wild salmon and are working together to nurture the creative energy that will inspire, educate, inform, and transform the darkness surrounding the industrial storm that is endangering them.

Following the leadership of Sto’lo Elder, Eddie Gardener, and Dawn Morrison Secwepemc, Founder/Director of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, the 2nd Wild Salmon Caravan (WSC) will bring deeper meaning and understanding to truth and reconciliation by bringing together people of all cultures to raise awareness of the ecological and social importance of wild salmon.

Visit our facebook page (on.fb.me/1Ksu9Tk) and stay tuned for the launch of our website (under construction) to watch for ongoing updates on the travel itinerary and events (ceremonies, feasts, performances, parades etc…) coming soon to a community near you!