The Grandview Woodland Food Connection is proud to have helped organize this year’s Wild Salmon Caravan. We believe strongly that protection of wild salmon is a critical, if not one of the most important food justice issues that we face here in BC. Wild salmon are under severe threat from global warming, mining and industrial food systems such as fish farms and commercial overfishing. Protecting salmon habitat and supporting a more sustainable, indigenous-based fisheries is an important step in the reconciliation of the Aboriginal land and food system. This reconciliation recognizes that colonizer communities have a responsibility to acknowledge unceeded traditional territory in BC and with this, how the industrial food system, including agriculture and fisheries, is destroying Aboriginal access to traditional foods necessary for cultural survival.
The Wild Salmon Caravan came together 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 intertribal 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.
The Grandview Woodland Food Connection was one of many community organizations that helped make this year’s Wild Salmon Caravan a success. Despite unsettled weather and some rain, we had a good showing of people from a diversity of backgrounds, who came out in a wonderful artistic expression of their love and commitment to helping protect wild salmon. GWFC coordinated the Vancouver event logistics and helped with other tasks. We look forward to helping to organize next year’s Wild Salmon Caravan 2017 and committed to helping protect wild salmon in the name of food justice and Aboriginal sovereignty.
Photos below by Murray Bush and others