You’re invited! Thanks to the Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative, we invite you to enjoy free online events at the Bringing the Salmon Home Festival from May 10 to 16, 2021.
Hear and learn from a range of guest speakers including Indigenous leaders, knowledge keepers, artists, writers, nutritionists, chefs and biologists for insightful conversations and presentations.
Y2Y’s B.C. and Yukon program director, Candace Batycki, will speak on a panel with other salmon champions on Thursday, May 13 at 1 p.m. PST. View a full list of sessions and speakers by heading to the registration page.
May 13 session: “One River Connections“
It will take all of us, working together, to successfully reintroduce the salmon. This event builds on longstanding connections between Nations, Tribes and allies throughout the Columbia River Basin and beyond. Reintroducing salmon concerns Indigenous rights and responsibility. This Initiative is located in unceded Indigenous territories. Life-altering losses caused by the dams that block salmon passage have been felt foremost by the Indigenous Nations, who were excluded from Columbia River Treaty decision-making at the outset. The three Indigenous Nations leading this Initiative uphold their sacred responsibility to reintroduce the salmon, including continuing to work with US Tribal relations and other stakeholders and allies along the river.
Speakers: Sandra Luke, Ktunaxa Nation; Nathan Matthew, Secwépemc Nation; Rosalie Yazzie, Syilx Okanagan Nation; Candace Batycki, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y); Donna Morton, Salmon Nation; John Osborn, One River, Ethics Matter; Gerry Nellestijn, Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society (by video); US Tribal guest tba. Host: Mark Thomas
More about the Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative
This initiative is an Indigenous-led collaboration of the Syilx Okanagan Nation, Ktunaxa Nation, Secwépemc Nation, Canada and British Columbia. Salmon have been blocked from returning to the Canadian portion of the upper Columbia River for more than 80 years. The long-term vision is to return salmon stocks for Indigenous food, social and ceremonial needs, and to benefit the region’s residents and ecosystems as a whole.
Festival poster courtesy of The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative
Salmon image, Shutterstock