The Musqueam, Tslei Waututh and Squamish nations are celebrating the spirit of the wild salmon. The caravan is a mardi gras style parade travelling from Vancouver to the spawning grounds of the Adams River.
The Caravan’s first stop was at Trout Lake. Organizers say they want to shed light on the decline of salmon in a new way.
“Often when indigenous people come together to celebrate different issues around land and water it’s perceived as a protest. This is not a protest. It’s a sacred ceremony. And we have several people from all creeds and cultures waking up to the issues around salmon.” – Dawn Morrison Wild Salmon Caravan
Wild Salmon Caravan Community Arts Activator says the ceremonies are a way of welcoming people into their culture and to share strategies for salmon sustainability.
“For us bringing people together and feeding them is a large part of how we create this movement. There’s been a scared plate put together for the spirit of the salmon that’s going to be delivered to the forest by our elders and matriarchs and prayers and songs that focus on launching this celebration the right way. -Ronnie Dean Harris Wild Salmon Caravan Community Arts Activator
The next stop on the Caravan’s itinerary will be at the Adam’s River on October 12th. The parade will start at the Chase Curling Club.
— Derek Brzoza (@RainToRiver) October 7, 2017
Thanks for the healthy dessert at today's salmon caravan at trout lake A good meal was had by all. Delicious salads! pic.twitter.com/NfLzbhyCx0
— Dr. Judy Zaichkowsky (@Zaichkow) October 8, 2017
— Jennifer Dawn Adams (@kootenaygirljen) October 11, 2017
From yesterday's parade up Commercial drive, the wild salmon caravan starts for the Carnival Band. We leave today on a 4 day tour threw bc pic.twitter.com/Cl8hNXPt9Z
— Carnival Band (@TheCarnivalBand) October 8, 2017
UFV students in Shelley Stefan's VA 390 course @ Wild Salmon Caravan event held on Oct. 8 at the Skwah First Nation in Chilliwack, BC. pic.twitter.com/xlglwCXaim
— UFV VISUAL ARTS (@UFVVisualArts) October 10, 2017
A nice way to say "Thanks" to our sacred salmon with our friends at the Wild Salmon Caravan with Eddie Gardner and others <")))><DW pic.twitter.com/ZM1D76ONdW
— Great River Fishing (@fishingsturgeon) October 9, 2017
Getting ready to serve at the Wild Salmon Caravan Feast here at Trout Lake. Thank you to all the donors & volunteers who made this possible. pic.twitter.com/3slrEP6LPb
— Janet Fraser (@janetrfraser) October 7, 2017