Wednesday August 31, 2011

Cohen Commission

Movement To Critical Mass

Art Gallery rally draws 250 against salmon farms in BC

Submitted by Eddie Gardiner/Photo Anissa Reed


Alexandra Morton (centre) and Eddie Gardiner (right) Tuesday at the Art Gallery rally.


hanks for all your support and encouragement for the Wild Salmon Rally. It was a roaring success as we got some real good press coverage and we had about 250 wild salmon warriors in attendance. We  know hundreds more would have loved to be there, like Arthur Manuel, a strong salmon warrior for many years.

This is a growing peoples movement and we will not let go of this until we achieve the critical mass necessary to compel the government to do what must be done: get open-net fish farms out of the ocean.

My Gratitude goes out especially to the Wilderness Committee, UBCIC,  Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council, Salmon Are Sacred, Skwah First Nation, Ripple Relay, Peachey Gallery, Chawathil First Nation, Shxw'ow'hamil First Nation for making the Rally a meaningful, effective and enjoyable experience. We were treated to many talented
singers and dancers, including inspirational Ta'Kaiya Blaney and Kalila, Gary Abbott (Hoop Dancer Extraordinaire!) Yvette John, Steqoye Coast Salish Drum group who gave a warm welcome to the people at the rally, Priscella Judd and many others. Thanks Smokey for bringing your Big Drum!


The Raging Grannies were fantastic! Leanne Hodges did an impressive mural which was signed by many people who attended the gathering. Thanks goes to Debra Baker of Squamish First Nation who provided a warm, enthusiastic and encouraging welcome to the crowd along with two youth from her village.


One of youth gave the message that the site of the rally was once a pristine forest, and natural habitat that is now lost forever. We are now looking at a very worrisome possibility of losing wild salmon unless we remove the threat of fish farms and get them out of the water.

Our gratitude goes out the Mad Love and his team who set up the sound system for the gathering!

Our gratitude goes to Laura Wee Lay Laq of Ch'iaqtel First Nation who made the clay salmon that were shattered at the rally symbolizing, in dramatic fashion, how quickly wild salmon can go to extinction if open-net fish farms continue to expand with their deadly diseases, toxic pollution and sea lice.

Let's mobilize youth, elders, leaders and people from all backgrounds to the Cohen Commission on September 7 & 8 when Alexandra Morton will be testifying and will press for protection of wild salmon. Please help spread the word! Thanks Alex for working so hard for more than 20 years, many of those with Anissa Reed, Co-Founder of Salmon Are Sacred, a tireless and talented wild salmon warrior!

It was a great day!

May Creator shower unknown blessings upon you all and that you continue to be inspired and energized to continue until we get the job done! Fish Farms Out!


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