A warm thank you to everyone who contributed to making our online Bringing the Salmon Home Festival (May 2-3, 2023) such a marvelous success. You can see and share any of the free festival presentations anytime. Just click on the Watch Now link for any event listed on the festival page at ColumbiaRiverSalmon.ca
And be sure to see our new Bringing the Salmon Home documentary, which we proudly premiered as part of our Opening Welcome event.
This year’s Bringing the Salmon Home festival featured six online events over two days, with 35 guest speakers and hosts, and close to 1,000 audience registrations! People tuned in from all over, including from British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and California.
Guest speakers included representatives of the Syilx Okanagan, Ktunaxa, and Secwépemc Nations and US Tribes, and BC and Canada. We heard from an inspiring array of leaders, youth, elders, knowledge keepers, artists, musicians, and scientists.
We are grateful to our honoured guest presenters and hosts for generously sharing your stories and knowledge. And we thank all who joined as audience members – your enthusiasm and positive feedback make all the months of organizing this event so worthwhile.
We also celebrate the many people working behind the scenes. This year’s festival program coordination was a brilliant team effort led by Valerie Michel, Troy Hunter, and Pauline Terbasket, supported by our Communications Advisory Group.
Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction Initiative is the Indigenous-led initiative of the Syilx Okanagan, Ktunaxa, and Secwépemc Nations, together with Canada and British Columbia. Salmon are our relatives. They’ve been blocked by dams from returning for over 80 years. This festival affirms our collaborative journey to bring the salmon home to the upper Columbia River for the benefit of all.
Bringing the Salmon Home: The Columbia River Salmon Reintroduction team