We are very excited to announce the upcoming 2nd annual Wild Salmon Caravan (WSC). The intention of the WSC is to celebrate the spirit of wild salmon through the arts and culture in a way that will nurture the creative energy that wild salmon have inspired through the ages, and affirm inter-tribal relationships that were the foundation of traditional 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, music, storytelling, guest speakers, and art exhibits, will call the wild salmon home to the rivers and streams where they play out their lives in birth and death.
Ultimately the caravan will build capacity of coalitions and campaigns that link Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, artists, food systems networks, individuals, organizations, and communities who are working to protect, conserve and restore wild salmon and it’s habitat in the Fraser Basin and Salish Seas corridor.
Crowd-funding (or crowd-financing) is still a very new concept, however it is quickly becoming one the leading ways community initiatives can be coordinated and implemented by grassroots people working to effect positive change. We have launched a campaign where you can donate different amounts. Essentially, we are not asking for charity because you are actually considered a contributor to the Wild Salmon Caravan Mutual Aid Network. We will keep you updated every step of the way.
Why support us? Why this project
Because we strongly believe in art and culture as a medium for social/political/environmental change. We know what we are doing has a direct impact on our communities and our project intends to address the crisis we are currently facing.
Check out our campaign here: https://www.generosity.com/celebration-fundraising/wild-salmon-caravan/x/6016876
You will see the video we put together “The Salmon Will Hear Our Songs” that will give more details about the the Wild Salmon Caravan, and learn about how much money we need ($10,000) and what it will be used for, as well as all the benefits you get by donating.
If you don’t feel capable of donating money now there are many other ways to help:
1. Spread the word to those who you think might be able to donate, even forward this email to them right now.
2. Social Media is key! Share our funding page on facebook/twitter! Please “Like” our Wild Salmon Caravan page on facebook & invite your friends, family & colleauges to like the page as well https://www.facebook.com/Wild-Salmon-Caravan-1127741203923144
3. Join the Wild Salmon Caravan – plan your own part of the journey.
4. Talk about the Wild Salmon Caravan (word of mouth is one of the best ways we can get support).
5. Write to us and give us feedback
We are working with planning teams in various communities and regions around the province of BC. Please contact me, if you or someone you know is interested in planning and hosting a stop along the caravan. Please let us know!
My contact details are below and I look forward to your suggestions, comments, and ideas. Anything and everything is welcome. Thank you for your time. Your interest and contributions are deeply appreciated.
Wild Salmon will love you for it!