It will take all of us, working together, to successfully reintroduce the salmon. This event builds on longstanding connections between Nations, Tribes and allies throughout the Columbia River Basin and beyond. Reintroducing salmon concerns Indigenous rights and responsibility. This Initiative is located in unceded Indigenous territories. Life-altering losses caused by the dams that block salmon passage have been felt foremost by the Indigenous Nations, who were excluded from Columbia River Treaty decision-making at the outset. The three Indigenous Nations leading this Initiative uphold their sacred responsibility to reintroduce the salmon, including continuing to work with US Tribal relations and other stakeholders and allies along the river.
With diverse salmon champions: Sandra Luke, Ktunaxa Nation; Nathan Matthew, Secwépemc Nation; Rosalie Yazzie, Syilx Okanagan Nation; Gary Aitken Jr, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho; Candace Batycki, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y); Donna Morton, Salmon Nation; John Osborn, One River, Ethics Matter; Linda Worley, CRT-LGC; Gerry Nellestijn, Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society. Host: Mark Thomas