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Adam Neil is a member of both the Technical Working Group and the Implementation Team of Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia Salmon Reintroduction Initiative, for the Secwépemc Nation.
Respected elder Alfred Joseph freely shares his story, and along the journey you get a sneak peek into the daily life of ʔakxam̓is q̓api qapsin, All Living Things. Attending the St. Eugene’s Residential School from Grade 1 to Grade 7 did not define who Alfred is. The time he’s spent in and around ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa while raising cattle, horses, hunting, fishing and guiding is what has defined the self-proclaimed preserver of the Ktunaxa language. As a self-taught Knowledge Holder, Alfred generously shares the knowledge that he has painstakingly learned while pursuing his passion for being in the outdoors and in the mountains. As the former chief of ʔakisq̓nuk, Alfred explains that the reason he is self-taught is because he has had to fill the loss of the natural transfer of knowledge resulting from his time at the St. Eugene Mission. Alfred honours traditional Ktunaxa ways by researching how western science… Read more
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Storyteller and artist Anona Kampe is the granddaughter of the late Rachel and Basil Paul from the Penticton Indian Band, a member community of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. Anona shares Okanagan culture and history through stories. “I come from an oral society. Traditionally we did not have a written language. We learned everything through our stories, which are called captikʷł.” Anona is also skilled in beading, basketry and regalia making. She enjoys singing, is a drum carrier for her Nation, and is also a jingle dress dancer.
Contract opportunity for Syilx Nation member THE INITIATIVE The Syilx Okanagan Nation, Secwépemc Nation, Ktunaxa Nation, Canada and British Columbia are working together in a landmark agreement to explore salmon reintroduction into the Canadian portion of the Columbia River. This is an Indigenous-led Initiative in unceded Indigenous territories. Reintroducing salmon concerns Indigenous rights and responsibility. The long-term aim of Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative (CRSRI) is to return fish stocks for Indigenous food, social and ceremonial needs, and to benefit the region’s residents and ecosystems as a whole. See more information about this Initiative at ColumbiaRiverSalmon.ca ASSIGNMENT As a Bringing the Salmon Home Outreach & Engagement Organizer, you are employed by CRSRI as a member of The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative community engagement team, which includes members of the Syilx Okanagan, Secwépemc and Ktunaxa Nations. Your responsibilities include working with Syilx Nation members, the… Read more
Bill Green is a semi-retired ecologist who lives, works and recreates in ?amak’is Ktunaxa. He resides in Kimberley. Bill has worked for Indigenous Nations and communities in BC and Papua New Guinea for the entirety of his 45 year career, focusing on protecting water and aquatic ecosystems. He came to work in the Columbia Basin in 1994 (leaving the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation and the west coast of Vancouver Island). Much of his work since then has been focused on restoring salmon throughout their historic range in the Columbia River system. Bill is Chair of the Implementation Team for Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative.
Brian Rockvam is a Secwépemc writer and poet. A member of the St’uxwtews community (Bonaparte Band), Brian grew up in Tk’emlups te Secwépemc territory where he completed his undergrad in English and Psychology at Thompson Rivers University. He has written a number of short stories and poems including ‘Seaside Summer’, a poetic children’s book reflecting on his childhood memories at his family’s cabin on the Sunshine Coast. Brian currently resides on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples in Vancouver, working in the film industry.
Through Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative, salmon continue to express their power to unite and mobilize diverse communities along the river today. Join us this spring for a week of online and, where possible, safe socially distanced events on the land and water. Help us make a collective splash
Bruce Jim is of the Dock-Spus (Tukspush) people and is an elder of the Warm Springs Tribe. As a member of the Fish and Wildlife Committee of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and a board member of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, he is actively involved in restoration and stewardship of wildlife habitat on the Warm Springs Reservation, on Warm Springs ceded lands and elsewhere in the John Day River basin and the high desert of the Columbia River region.
Candace Batycki has been a conservation advocate for more than 30 years, specializing in protecting ecosystems for threatened and endangered wildlife, and caribou in particular. She serves at the BC and Yukon Program Director for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), where she leads a team focused on supporting Indigenous-led conservation in BC’s Columbia and Rocky Mountains.
Of Syilx Okanagan and Secwépemc ancestry, Chantelle Eustache is a chef by trade and a lifelong learner. Her many accomplishments include being a member of the gold-winning team at the Canadian Culinary Championships’ Gold Medal Plates. Chantelle says: “In the kitchen I just go by Telle. Preparing traditional ingredients with modern flair creates a unique dining experience to showcase my passion for food and culture. I believe that everyone should have a signature dish.” Follow along with Chantelle to make a fabulous springtime dinner featuring Crusted Wild Salmon Fillet, Lemon & Herb Roasted Potatoes, and Asparagus & Red Onion Salad. See the three recipes with all ingredients and instructions below: Crusted Wild Salmon Fillet 2lb Wild Salmon fillet Marinate 2 Tbsp. Butter 2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar 1 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard ½ Tsp. Paprika ½ Tsp. Garlic Powder ¼ Tsp. Cayenne Pepper ½ Tsp. Salt… Read more
Lower Similkameen Indian Band Chief Keith Crow kalʔlùpaɋʹn sits as a member of the Chiefs Executive Council of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. The CEC’s mandate is to advance, assert, support and preserve Syilx Okanagan Nation sovereignty. Chief Crow is an Executive Working Group member of Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative.
The month of June is National Indigenous History Month and June 21st, 2021 marks the 25th annual National Indigenous Peoples Day. This day is being commemorated with prayers, ceremony, and diverse other cultural and community-building activities led by Indigenous peoples across this country. With the recent revelation of the 215 children who perished at Kamloops Indian Residential School, solidarity and understanding is required more than ever on the path towards reconciliation. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act guide the collaborative work of the five partners in the Indigenous-led Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative. Please see the following links for related information from each of our partners: Syilx Okanagan Nation syilx.org/events/for-the-children/ Secwépemc Nation secwepemcstrong.com shuswapnation.org Ktunaxa Nation Ktunaxa.org Government of Canada rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1100100013248/1534872397533 Government of British Columbia news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021PREM0042-001193 Ceremonial salmon fry release,… Read more
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Csetkwe (Pronounced: chuh-set-quah) (Meaning: Lights Reflection on Water)Csetkwe is a multi-gifted artist with her roots in the Syilx (Okanagan) and Secwepmec (Shuswap) Nations. Holding the responsibility and respect of being stamia (two spirit), a sqwuy (mother to sons) and a Traditional Knowledge Keeper, she mainly represents in Live Arts and Visual Arts. She is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art, receiving a National Aboriginal Professional Artists’ Training certificate and Nsyilxcn Language Program certificate. She honed her love for performance art during her time in the Full Circle Ensemble Program in Vancouver, BC. Csetkwe’s performances include those of a Singer/ Song Carrier, Spoken Word Poet as part of the k̓ wem k̓ wem słénsłénəy – Indigenous Female Drum Collective and as the former front woman in multimedia performance collective Skookum Sound System. As a visual artist, Csetkwe is grateful to contribute to the Kama Collective and Ullus Collective…. Read more
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Danielle Saddleman comes from nkmaplqs, the Head of the Lake, Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) in Vernon, British Columbia. She is the daughter of the late Chief Albert Saddleman who was a strong passionate syilx leader in Title and Rights, and who is well known within the Okanagan Nation for his dedication to the Return of the Salmon. Danielle continues to carry his desires and understanding that now that the salmon have returned to our water basins it will benefit the eco-system as well as the health and wellbeing of our syilx people. She is a champion, advocate, and leader for language and cultural renewal in her home community of the Okanagan Indian Band. Danielle’s next goal is to apply for her Master’s degree and research the health benefits of practicing traditional Syilx language and culture. Danielle is passionate about language revitalization, traditional knowledge, and the health and wellbeing of her… Read more
Darcy Luke is a Ktunaxa artist. The Ktunaxa people centre around the headwaters of the Columbia River in what is now known as the East Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. Darcy was chosen to represent her Nation in creating one of the three distinctive salmon designs that make up our beautiful Bringing the Salmon home logo. Darcy created the mother chinook that symbolizes the life-giving generational legacy of salmon. Darcy says: “I have been creating art since I was very young, and I started doing commissioned work since I was 15 years old. Most of my commissioned works have been murals and canvas paintings. I have created logos in the past, and have recently been getting into digital artworks. I currently work for the Ktunaxa Nation Council part time while I attend post secondary education; in this position I have been creating artistic cultural resources that will assist Ktunaxa… Read more
Dawn Machin works with the Okanagan Nation Alliance as a Biologist – Fish Water Management Tool. She is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band, a member community of the Syilx Okanagan Nation. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia and is currently pursuing her M.Sc. at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. After receiving her degree, she started as the Okanagan regional biologist for the then Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission, and then moved to the Okanagan Nation Alliance where she was responsible for program management of the Fisheries Department. Key tasks were related to the Nation’s vision to restore Okanagan Sockeye to the Basin, and establishing strong technical partnerships with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the then Ministry of Environment, and with our Okanagan relations in Washington State. At this time, Dawn was a board member of the provincial crown corporation Fisheries… Read more
Dawn is of Secwépemc ancestry and is the Founder/Curator of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Since 1983, Dawn has worked and studied horticulture, ethno-botany, adult education, and restoration of natural systems in formal institutions, as well as through her own healing and learning journey with Elders and traditional knowledge holders. Following the time spent teaching Aboriginal Adult Basic Education, Dawn has been dedicating her time and energy to land based healing and learning which led her to her life’s work of realizing herself more fully as a developing spirit aligned leader in the Indigenous food sovereignty movement. Dawn has consistently organized and held the space over the last 16 years for mobilizing knowledge and networks that have been foundational for decolonizing food systems in community, regional and international networks where she has become internationally recognized as a published author on the topic. Dawn’s work on the Decolonizing Research… Read more
Dean Allan is PST Implementation Advisor, Resource Management, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He serves as an Implementation Team member of Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative. Dean has been working with DFO since the mid 90’s in various roles. Since 2004, Dean has been working with the Indigenous nations who have an interest in salmon reintroduction in the Columbia watershed. Dean grew up in Castlegar. Before his DFO career, Dean was self-employed for a number of years contracting for BC parks in the West Kootenay region.
Devan is a Tk’emlups te Secwépemc member who grew up on the territory with a passion for oral histories, as well as art and music, which fostered a background in audio and video production. Devan attended Thompson Rivers University where he studied and practiced clinical psychology in a variety of settings including personal health and criminal justice rehabilitation. Devan now works for the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council as the Secwépemc Law Project Manager which aims to research, revitalize, and implement traditional Secwépemc legal traditions.
I am Syilx Okanagan from the Similkameen. I’ve been a hunter, fisher and gatherer on the land my whole life. I enjoy the land, our people, the tmix, water, air and fire elements. Being on the land with the animals makes me realize that we need to speak for them. I’m an activist for Indigenous Title and Rights and a knowledge keeper. I most recently organized with the re-think 150 collective and look forward to continuing to share learnings with settlers and other newcomers. My career focus has been wildlife/fish management, land use planning, and the protection of our Title and Rights as syilx people – speaking for those without a voice, the animals and those yet to be born.
Donna Morton is an artist, activist and entrepreneur. She is currently the entrepreneur-in-residence with Salmon Nation, a bioregional network from Alaska to California that brings wisdom and practices from the edges to regenerate ecological and human systems. She is a co-founder and former CEO of Change Finance, which created the first 100% fossil free and high social justice ETF. Morton is an Ashoka, Ogunte and Unreasonable Fellow and lifelong serial social entrepreneur with international experience ranging from economic policy to regenerative business and social justice.
Syilx scholar Jeannette Armstrong, Ph.D, is Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy at UBC Okanagan. An award-winning writer and activist, novelist and poet, her research is in Indigenous philosophies and Okanagan Syilx thought and environmental ethics coded into Syilx oral literatures. She collaborates with Salish speaking groups to re-establish Indigenous languages, historical relationships, and food resource ceremonies through gatherings, trading and protections of water and land practices. She is a recipient of the Eco Trust USA Buffett Award in Indigenous Leadership and serves on Canada’s Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Subcommittee of Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
Dr. Misun Kang is an aquatic ecologist and leads ecological research for the Lands and Resources sector of the Ktunaxa Nation Council based in Cranbrook, BC. She sits on the Implementation Team and Technical Working Group of Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative. Along with work on swaq̓mu (salmon), Misun studies other aquatic species, such as ʔa·q̓uǂam (Burbot), tuhuǂ (Bull Trout), tuq̓¢qamnanana (insects), and their dynamics with ʔakxamis q̓api qapsin (All Living Things) to support Ktunaxa governance and stewardship.
Dr. Ronald E. Ignace (Stsmél̓qen) is a member of the Secwépemc (Shuswap) Nation. He recently retired after serving as the elected Chief of the Skeetchestn Band for more than 30 years since the early 1980s. He also served as Chairman of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council and president of the Secwépemc Cultural Education Society during the late 1980s and 1990s, co-facilitating the repatriation of human remains from the Royal BC Museum. For many years he was the co-chair of the Aboriginal university partnership between the Secwépemcc and Simon Fraser University in Kamloops, BC, and he continues to teach courses in Secwépemc Language and First Nations Studies through SFU. He holds BA and MA Degrees in Sociology from the University of British Columbia, and completed his PhD in Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in 2008 with a dissertation titled Our Oral Histories are Our Iron Posts: Secwépemc Stories and Historical Consciousness…. Read more
Born in 1967 in Kamloops, BC, Ed is a leading Secwépemc artist of a generation that emerged after the wake of Residential School and from the resulting cultural resurgence of the Secwépemc people. Based on traditional knowledge and oral history, his art forms mimic tools and implements used for countless generations within the valleys surrounding Kamloops and area and that were instrumental in the survival of its first inhabitants. These include bows, arrows, spears, fishing equipment, drums, clothing, and anything else that can be fabricated from land-based bounties. Ed is a self-taught artisan who gets his inspiration from the legacies left behind by the ancestors of today’s Secwépemc and that can be found in the archaeological record. He has spent numerous hours in museums studying stone tools and piecing together the mysteries of the past to achieve a level of accuracy within his projects. Ed’s work can be found in… Read more
Eddy Kennedy has been working for Fisheries and Oceans Canada for 20 years. Over this time he has held several science management positions across the country. Since 2016, Eddy has been the Manager of the Ecosystem Sciences Division in the Pacific Region Science Branch located at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, BC. In this role, he leads a multi-disciplinary research team of over 150 staff focused on marine and freshwater ecosystem science with specific focus on understanding the factors (both natural and human-induced) that influence ecosystem structure and function (e.g., salmon productivity, ecologically sensitive areas, species at risk, aquatic invasive species, etc.) He is a member of the Science Panel for the Puget Sound Partnership (focused on recovery and resilience of Puget Sound and its watersheds) and is a DFO representative on the Implementation Team for Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative.
Syilx Okanagan Nation member Eliza Terbasket was born and raised in the Similkameen Valley. She learned at a very young age the importance of gathering food for the winter as she witnessed her great-grandmother bring in stacks and stacks of dried salmon from trading her tanned deer hides (buckskin). Eliza’s family always had a large garden and fruit trees and canning has always been a regular event during summer and fall harvests. She continues some of these practices but mainly the canning processes of fruit and salmon.
Creative thinker, writer and maker Elizabeth Woody is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Reservation of Warm Springs, Oregon; is of Yakama Nation descent and also is born of the Bitter Water clan of the Dine people. Her grandfather’s clan is Coyote Pass clan. Elizabeth works at The Museum At Warm Springs and has three books of poetry. Watch for her work in the Living Nations and Living Words anthology due out in May. Find her poetry in the related map of First Peoples Poetry and book.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our Bringing the Salmon Home Festival May 10-16, 2021 an incredible success. It was an inspiring week with contributions from 100+ guest speakers and hosts, and over 3000 audience registrations. To watch any of the events again, click here or on the session WATCH links below. (You do not need to be a Facebook member to view event recordings – just click past the FB message to log in and you can access all the videos.) Bonus: Click here to watch the short Festival highlight video!
An artist from each Nation has contributed an original salmon design to the unified logo for Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative. The ‘spirit of the water’ carries and protects the salmon throughout their journey.
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Five Government Partners The work of the Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative builds on the unique values, responsibilities, and authorities of each of the five governments: the Syilx Okanagan Nation, Ktunaxa Nation, Secwépemc Nation, Canada and British Columbia. Please click on a logo or scroll down to see more about each of these five partners and their contributions to this Initiative. Lower Arrow Lake, Burton, BC. Photo: T Marshall/CRSRI SYILX OKANAGAN NATION The concept of stłtałt has governed the Syilx Okanagan People since we were brought into being. We were placed in a sacred manner upon this earth and charged to care for all our relations within our homelands and in return we would be looked after; our captikʷɬ teach us these values, this is our stłtałt, Aboriginal Title and Rights. Stłtałt is an unchanging truth; it is a responsibility of reciprocity that the Syilx people continue to honour, exercise… Read more
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The persistent vision and commitment of past generations continues to motivate the movement to return salmon to the upper Columbia River. It will take decades more of sustained collaborative effort to ensure success. Join these shining stars who are speaking up for present and future generations of people and salmon. Guest speakers include: Darcy Luke, Ktunaxa Nation; Larissa Deneault, Secwépemc Nation; Taylor Baptiste, Syilx Okanagan Nation; Randall Gottfriedson, Okanogan/Colville; Mireya Parkin-Pineda (N̓k̓ʷlíla), Chicana and Sinixt / Sn̓ʕ̓ay̓čkstx descendant; and, Kale Nissen (Sqáqlaʔxʷqn̓), a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, of the San Poil, Sinixt / Sn̓ʕ̓ay̓čkstx bands. Host: Devan Swaine
Kootenai Tribe of Idaho Chairman Gary Aitken Jr is a third generation council member and chairman, and has served nearly four terms on council. Bolstered by extensive natural resource work, and guidance from the wisdom of those who brought KTOI through some of the tribe’s hardest times, he carries that wisdom forward into the future for the betterment of Ktunaxa aqǂsmaknik.
Gary James is the Fisheries Program Manager for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Gary was the first fish biologist hired by the CTUIR in 1982. He has managed the CTUIR Fisheries Program for the last 39 years. In that time the program has grown from one staff to about 70 full-time employees. Gary oversees all aspects of the Tribe’s Fisheries Program including coordination with Tribal policy, co-managers, funding agencies and the public in planning, implementation and monitoring of the Tribe’s water/fish projects throughout NE Oregon and SE Washington. CTUIR projects support a “River Vision” approach which describes healthy floodplain conditions necessary to protect, restore and enhance Tribal First Foods for the perpetual cultural, economic, and sovereign benefit of the CTUIR. Projects include instream flow restoration, fish passage, floodplain habitat enhancement, hatchery actions, lamprey and freshwater mussel research and restoration, fish harvest management, and monitoring and evaluation of… Read more
Gerry Nellestijn contributes a strong social science-based voice for the Salmo River in BC as Coordinator for the Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society since its inception in 1997. Gerry has significantly raised the profile of the Salmo River and brought important issues such as watershed planning, the decline of fish populations, and the impact of the historic mine tailings to the attention of the public and decision-makers. The Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society is regularly called on to comment on issues that impact the river and to provide insightful solutions and recommendations to improve the health and future of aquatic ecosystem health in the Salmo River watershed. Gerry earned an anthropology degree at the University of Western Ontario. He also completed a post-graduate Environmental Management program at the University of Calgary in Alberta. Gerry’s compelling leadership and collaborative approach has brought excellent results to the Salmo River through networking and partnerships with… Read more
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“My name is Starblanket Tree Woman (aka Grace Howling Wolf). My parents are Sarah Eustache and George (Bob) McLeish. My maternal grandparents are Christine Fortier and Manuel Eustache. My paternal grandparents are Vera Grace Williams and James McLeish. I am passionate about canning. I think its important in this day and age to preserve food, if the power goes out you have food that is good to go, or just a quick meal if you are running late. You can even can potatoes. My motto is, “I can, because I can.”
Background: Greg is a member of Cstelnec’ (Adams Lake Indian Band) and resides in his home community. His mother is the late Cecelia (nee Sampson) George and his grandparents are the late Ann and Henry Sampson. Greg previously served a 3-year term on Council for his community, holding the natural resources pillar. Prior to being on Council he was self-employed in the Indigenous tourism and culinary services industries. Before owning and operating his sole proprietorship Greg was employed as the Adams Lake Indian Band Fisheries Program Manager for many years. Current: Greg is employed as the Operations Manager for the Fraser Salmon Management Council (FSMC) full-time from his home office in Chase, BC. Along with his day job working with the 76-member First Nations signed onto the FSMC, Greg is also the part-time Indigenous Project Director on the Big Bar Landslide remediation response team. Additionally, he is in his second… Read more