For thousands of years, the wild salmon have been our most important Indigenous food, and cultural and ecological keystone species. Help us celebrate and save them!
The Wild Salmon Caravan
During the week of October 7 -12, 2017 The Wild Salmon Caravan is traveling from the Salish Seas to Secwepemcul'ecw (Land of the Shuswap), home of some of the best salmon spawning grounds in the world!
The Wild Salmon Caravan is not only a chance to celebrate the spirit of wild salmon and their amazing story, but also a time to unite communities from the Salish Seas to Secwepemcul'ecw (Land of the Shuswap) through art, community and culture.
Importance of Wild Salmon
For thousands of years, the wild salmon have been our most important Indigenous food, and cultural and ecological keystone species in BC. They are an indicator of the health and integrity of the Indigenous land and food system on which the health and functioning of the entire agri-food system is based.
They feed the entire Pacific Temperate Rainforest as well as many species including the bears, the wolves, the eagles, and our families and communities. As such, the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, among many other organizations, are working to spread awarness of their importance to the greater community.
Bringing Communities Together
The Wild Salmon Caravan is so much more than protecting the physical environment. It brings Indigenous peoples together with the Rainbow Nations (people of all creeds and colours). It is critical for us all to come together across cultures to realize more fully how our realities are entangled within the web of social and ecological relationships who are experiencing rapid changes in response to climate change, coloniality and corporate control of the food system.
Community Arts Engagement
Each of the regional WSC planning teams in Vancouver, Chilliwack, Merritt, Kamloops and Chase have organized WSC Arts Build workshops to engage and inspire art for the Mardi Gras style parades being planned in the respective communities. Arts build activities include silk screening, wind puppet making, lantern making, mask and costume making, poetry and music in the park, Indigenous song, dance and regalia making and more!
You can join us
WGIFS has organized the caravan successfully for 3 years and is now looking to expand it’s operations. As a non-profit, we rely on the support of community to fund all of our projects.
We are hoping to raise $5,000 by the end of October. Your generosity will help us to cover the cost of the following logistical expenses:
- Transportation and drivers
- Camping equipment
- Sound systems equipment for performers
- Creation of media to tell the story of the Wild Salmon Caravan
Any amount big or small is cherished and will be used to expand and mobilize Indigenous food related knowledge and networks in relation to wild salmon and small scale fisheries.
Who We Are
WGIFS consists of members who provide input and leadership on ways to increase awareness and mobilize communities around the topic of Indigenous food sovereignty. The WGIFS strives to ensure Indigenous voices are carried from a strong and balanced representation and currently consists of members from key communities and groups (listed below) in each of the major geographic regions around the province of B.C. The working group is inclusive of non-Indigenous advocates from settler communities and promotes cross cultural participation that is representative and balanced based on geography, community group and cultures.
Indigenous peoples have witnessed destruction and rapid erosion of our complex system of bio-diversity and cultural heritage that has been adapted over thousands of years. Indigenous food sovereignty provides a restorative framework for health and community development and reconciling past social and environmental injustices in an approach that people of all cultures can relate to. “Food will be what brings the people together,” Secwepemc Elder, Jones Ignace.