There is a historic journey underway called the Paddle for Wild Salmon. It is a powerful pulling together of the Wild Salmon People. A group of 60 people are canoeing for 5 days down the Fraser River, arriving in Vancouver on October 25th at 9am at Vanier Park. We will walk to the opening of the sockeye inquiry to tell Justice Cohen that he must order full disease disclosure from the salmon farmers so we can learn if our wild salmon are dying of farm diseases. To date the salmon farmers are stonewalling us. Unless people show up to support Justice Cohen, we may never learn the truth.
We have the honour of being joined on this paddle by Former Team Canada Canoe racer, 7th generation canoe builder, skipper, Master Carver Ray Natraoro. Ray and his wife Noelle of the Squamish Nation are bringing a canoe of ten paddlers.
Musqueam representatives including their Aboriginal Fisheries Officers will escort the paddlers on October 23rd when we enter Musqueam traditional territory at the Port Mann Bridge to New West Minster, and then downriver to Musqueam Reserve where we will be welcomed ashore as guests of the Musqueam people.
The Cheslatta Carrier Nation (Burns Lake Region) donated two beautiful hand crafted, custom engraved paddles from the Chief Louie Paddle Company
These First Nation chiefs are joining us throughout the paddle:
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip (Union of BC Indian Chiefs)
Grand Chief Saul Terry (Intertribal Treaty Organization)
Grand Chief Clarence Pennier (Sto:Lo Tribal Council)
Chief Bob Chamberlin (Kwicksutaineuk-Ah-Kwaw-Ah-Mish First Nation)
Chief Marilyn Baptiste (Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government)
Chief Bev Sellars (Xat’sull First Nation)
Chief Judy Wilson (Neskonlith Indian Band)
Chief Wayne Christian (Splats’in First Nation)
Chief Andy Phillips (Scowlitz First Nation)
Chief Alice Mackay (Matsqui First Nation)
Chief Rhoda Peters (Chawathil First Nation)
Chief Rhonda Larrabee (Qayqayt First Nation)
Chief Lydia Hwitsum (Cowichan Tribes)
Chief Ernest Campbell (Musqueam Indian Band)
Chief Joe Alphonse (Tl’etinqox-t’in Government Office)
Chief Bernie Elkins (?Esdilagh First Nation)
Chief Percy Guichon (Tsi Del Del First Nation)
Chief Francis Laceese (Toosey Indian Band)
Chief Ivor Myers (Yunesit’in Government)
Chief Robert Joeseph (Kwakwaka'waka First Nation)
Former Homalco Chief Darren Blaney will be leading a canoe of paddlers across the Salish Sea to join up with us for the flotilla at Jericho Beach
Betty Krawczyk will be joining us to paddle
The following politicians will be joining us on the paddle:
John Cummins, MP
Fin Donnelly, MP
Peter Julian, MP
Vicki Huntington, MLA
Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA
Michelle Mungall, MLA
Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver
Dave Wooldridge of Western Canoe and Kayak is lending voyager canoes to us for the whole trip.
Sue and Darwin of Fraser River Raft Expeditions are taking us from Hell to Hope on their raft and escorting us the entire way
If this is what it takes to communicate that wild salmon are essential.... We are up to the challenge!
Spaces on the voyager canoes are fillling up quickly, please send an email to email@example.com and request the Paddling Questionnaire if you want to join.
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