A celebration of the spirit of wild salmon!

Call for Artists 

Call our for cultural and artistic expressions 

The intention of the Wild Salmon Caravan 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. Ancient ceremonies and songs of Indigenous peoples, as well as creative expressions of visual and performing arts, will call the wild salmon home to the rivers, lakes, and streams of the Fraser Basin and Salish Sea corridor where they play out their lives in birth and death.  The Wild Salmon Caravan will link Indigenous and non-Indigenous eco-artists, performers, advocates, coalitions, and food systems networks who are working to protect, conserve and restore wild salmon and their habitat.

In a similar spirit as the world renowned Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans, we invite individuals, artists, groups, and communities from all ages, creeds and cultures to come out in colourful and creative expressions of love for wild salmon. We invite you to wear cultural regalia at ceremonies and feasts that are being planned in Indigenous communities, and hope to see costumes, banner, placards, clothing and imagery inspired by diverse cultural and artistic expressions at parades being planned in Vancouver and Kamloops.

Performing artists can lend your voice and vision through storytelling, poetry, or music. We call on all artists and cultural groups to show up to the parade, and contribute art in whatever medium you choose, following the themes of: endangerment of wild salmon, water, climate change, conservation, or food sovereignty.

Feel free to join us at one or more of the following Pop up Arts Build Workshops in Vancouver (listed below).

Hosted by: Jay Peachy

Sunday May 1st – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Gallery at Artisan Square, Bowen Island, BC

Sunday May 22nd – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Gallery at Artisan Square, Bowen Island, BC

Friday June 10 – 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm, Creekside Park near Science World, Vancouver, BC

Medium: tbd

Hosted by: Nadine Pluzak

Sunday May 8 & 15th, – 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Grandview Park, Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Medium: Salmon Stream on sticks

Hosted by:  Ayotzi 68

1654 Franklin St, Vancouver (back entrance)

Saturday May 21st 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm

Medium: Paper Mache wild salmon puppets & wild salmon performance

Hosted by: Cease Wyss

Saturday May 21st  11:00 am – 3:0o pm, 187 Whonoak Road, West Vancouver, BC Harmony Garden, Capilano Reserve

Medium: Creation of Wild Salmon banners and placards

Hosted by: Nadine Pluzak

Sunday May 22nd Slocan Field House, 2 – 4:00 pm, 2750 29th Ave, Vancouver. Renfrew Collingwood

Medium: Pop up Salmon Stream on Sticks project

Limited art supplies provided. In kind contributions welcomed. i.e. Canvas, paints, or other preferred mediums, etc…

 

Call for Volunteers

The Wild Salmon Caravan is a grassroots led project of the BC  Food Systems Network, Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. The intention of the Wild Salmon Caravan 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. Ancient ceremonies and songs of Indigenous peoples, as well as creative expressions of visual and performing arts, will call the wild salmon home to the rivers, lakes, and streams of the Fraser Basin and Salish Sea corridor where they play out their lives in birth and death.

In a similar spirit as the world renowned Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans, we invite individuals, artists, coalitions, food systems networks, and communities from all ages, creeds and cultures to come out in colourful and creative expressions of our love for wild salmon at one or more of the community events we are planning from Mount Robson to Vancouver during the week of June 6 – 11, 2016. Visit our website for more detailed travel itinerary. https://wildsalmoncaravan.wordpress.com/working-group/

If you are willing and able to volunteer for one or more of the following activities at our Vancouver event, please email the contact person listed with a brief description of your relevant skills and availability. Wild Salmon will LOVE you for it! ❤

Logistics set up and take down –  Ian Marcuse at gwfcnetwork@gmail.com

Food preparation – Shannon Hecker at shannon61184@gmail.com

Class 4 driver for passenger van, Elder Care or Children’s Activity – Dawn Morrison at dmo6842@gmail.com

 

Call for Participants 

For participants traveling the full distance: 

We invite people of all cultures to travel either part, or all, of the caravan with us! Please bring your own vehicle or arrange your own car pooling. We will provide a limited number of car decals to easily identify your vehicle, and hope you will feel inspired to decorate your vehicles or bicycles with colourful and creative expressions of your love for wild salmon (i.e. Flags, banners etc…). We really want the caravan and parades to be easily recognized by all passers by along the journey!

All participants with vehicles are responsible for your own gas, and travel logistics. We will have the most educational impact by traveling in unity in a caravan, and will post a final travel itinerary with map and detailed directions on our Wild Salmon Caravan Website on June 1st.

You are invited to participate at no cost, but we appreciate any mutual aid (in kind) contributions of Indigenous or ethically grown and harvested food, or money to contribute to as a love offering for the cost of food or overnight camping at each community that is hosting us for overnight stays and meals. Note: We are reserving a group campsite at Robson Meadows Campground at Mount Robson on June 5 and 6th. The camping fee for both nights is at your own cost. $5/night per person.

Things for participants to bring: 

Camping gear, refreshments, snacks etc…

Cultural regalia to wear at events and parades

Floats or decorations for vehicles

Creative costumes, props, banners, posters, or flags

Musical instruments

Digital cameras

Money for parking (in Kamloops, Vancouver and Victoria)

Note: Any snacks, refreshments, and meals outside of planned activities outlined on the Travel Itinerary are at your own cost.