Since time immemorial, Indigenous Nations and Tribes gathered peacefully each year at major fishing sites such as Kettle Falls and Celilo Falls along the Columbia River. Though dammed waters now drown these places, Indigenous peoples still gather along the banks of the river every year to honour the spirit of the salmon and to call them home. Salmon are central to Syilx, Secwépemc, Ktunaxa and US Columbia River Tribal relations’ well-being, culture, spirituality, sustenance, trade and livelihoods. In this session, Indigenous scholars and knowledge keepers discuss the responsibilities and expectations of visitors and respectful ways of upholding cross-Nation and intercultural relations. By working together with greater understanding and respect, we can fulfill our shared responsibilities to the salmon and ensure they return for the generations to come.
Host: Troy Hunter