It’s not everyone’s idea of fun to wake up before dawn and then plunge into a cold river for a day of work. But donning wetsuits and waders is a highlight for the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s brood stock collection and hatchery teams every fall.
We were invited recently to film the action and record interviews with Syilx Nation elders, members and representatives with the Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative. The footage will be part of a short documentary we’re working on featuring the voices of all CRSRI partners.
We joined the crews along the Okanagan River as they harvested returning sockeye for the ONA’s kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓ hatchery brood stock program.
The learnings the Syilx Okanagan Nation have gained in their 25+ years of salmon reintroduction work in the Okanagan system help to inspire and inform our collaborative work to reintroduce salmon into the upper Columbia River region.
~Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative team
Please join these upcoming events!
Nature as a Climate Solution, Thursday, October 21, 11am PT / 12pm MT. Join us with our friends at Wildsight in this important conversation. This online webinar is free and you’re invited!
Catch Salmon Nation’s Festival of What Works, November 2-7. Free or by donation. Register here
One River, Ethics Matter Register to join us at this important conference, happening online November 17 &18, 9am-12:30pm PT daily.
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