Magazine article New Internationalist

Wild Salmon Warriors

Magazine article New Internationalist

Wild Salmon Warriors

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On a hot August day, hundreds of people gathered outside the Vancouver Art Gallery to fight for the future of wild salmon in British Columbia. Organized by Salmon Are Sacred, the event attracted First Nations Chiefs from the Broughton Archipelago (west of Queen Charlotte Strait near the north end of Vancouver Island), outspoken biologist Dr Alexandra Morton and intergenerational activists from across the province. Young First Nations girls sang while activists and community members hoisted signs saying 'Stop Fish Farms' and 'Smells like Pre-Spawn Mortality'. The rally coincided with the last week of hearings of the Inquiry into the Decline of Sockeye Salmon in the Fraser River (also known as the 'Cohen Commission'). The hearings were held to investigate the impact of infectious diseases from salmon feedlots on wild salmon.

For activists like Anissa Reed, co-founder of Salmon Are Sacred, the Commission confirmed her concerns. …

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