Wild Salmon Caravan Art Build at The Main Artery+Potluck (2017)

Come create art for the Wild Salmon Caravan (WSC). All artistic abilities are warmly welcome! Materials provided. This is a FREE family friendly event!!!! Make felt/plaster masks, costumes, banners, bubbles, friends, chalk art, all the creative things! +++ POTLUCK dinner!!

What is your salmon story?!!!
Through storytelling and artistic creation, EVERYONE (yes you!) is invited to share their salmon story, and prepare for the fun, fierce and fabulous parade that is the WSC (https://www.facebook.com/wildsalmoncaravan/). For those with deep ancestral bonds to the Salmon, this is an opportunity to celebrate that connection; for others newer to these shores, to inspire connection to these sacred creatures. This is the LAST art build at the Main Artery before the Caravan in October! Come make your mark, share stories, songs and sillyness. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share for our potluck.

September 17th 2017, 4-8pm.
6423 Main Street

The Wild Salmon Caravan is a grassroots celebration of the spirit of wild salmon that spans Coast Salish territory (Stó:lõ, Vancouver, Fraser Valley), the Interior Salish (Nlaka’pamux, St’at’imc, Secwepemc/Kamloops, Adams Lake/Chase), Dakelh, Tsilqot’in, and northern communities. The WSC is all inclusive, mobilizing people of all cultures through the expression of arts and culture. It aims to bring together the Rainbow Nation (people of all creeds and cultures) to educate, inform, and transform the darkness surrounding the industrial storm that is endangering wild salmon. It strives to balance out imbalances in privilege and power – strengthening Indigenous voices, vision and leadership. The Wild Salmon Caravan works towards Truth and Reconciliation by building trust in cross cultural relationships. Following the grassroots leadership of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty (WGIFS), and the Salish Council of Matriarchs, the Wild Salmon Caravan is an experience of transcendence out of the old structures and adversarial ways of Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations.

The Main Artery, established in 2005, is a collective of creative types who share a home on the Unceded ancestral territory of the Coast Salish people including the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ (Tsleil-Waututh), also known as South Vancouver. We are very excited to be hosting this event and getting to meet you all! EVERYONE (including/especially LGBTQ2S+) is invited to create, participate and celebrate the Wild Salmon. This event is sponsored by small neighbourhood grants and the Vancouver Foundation.

The event takes place right in front of the Main Artery on main street and on the second floor of the collective. There are wheelchair accessible bathrooms available at Roots Café on 49th and Main until their closing time at 5pm. There are also accessible bathrooms at Sunset Community Center on 51st and Main .


Poster created by Murray Bush

Wind Puppet Parade Art Workshop


Create salmon and water wind puppets for the Wild Salmon Caravan parade with Salmon Arm artist, Rebecca Shepherd!

Golden Ears Farm

5848 VLA Road, Chase, British Columbia V0E1M1

Two times:
10 AM – noon OR
1:30 – 3:30 PM

Free and all materials provided.

Pre-registration is needed by September 10, so that Rebecca has time to gather enough materials. Email goldenearsfarm@gmail.com or phone 250-679-8421.

Help Build A Medicine Wheel Garden @ Trout Lake! (2017)

This event takes place on unceded and occupied Coast Salish territory, specifically that of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and mi ce:p kʷətxʷiləm (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

In celebration of Wild Salmon and Indigenous Food Sovereignty come join the Cedar Cottage Food Network in creating a medicine wheel garden in Trout Lake Park. This garden will provide space for our urban communities to access traditional medicine plants of the Coast Salish Peoples, while also creating a space of sanctuary and healing. On Sept 24 we will be working together to build the garden, plant the medicines and celebrate the healing powers of the elements.

This event will include a potluck, so please feel free to bring a dish to share!!

Come for the whole day or drop by for a visit. Tools are provided

Accessibility notes: The Trout Lake Community Centre is within a short walking distance and includes wheel chair accessible and gender neutral washrooms. All pathways are wheel chair accessible and terrain is level. There will be some heavy lifting and tough work, but all bodies are welcome to participate in any way they can.

Many thanks to the Trout Lake Community Centre for all their support in making this project happen.



sk̓ʷey kʷs ʔəwə θəytət k̓ʷə ɬew̓ətew̓txʷ We Must Build a Healing Place

A video on the importance and urgent need for a traditional healing centre for elders in Downtown East Side Vancouver.

Reposted from the “Healing Centre Now” wordpress.

Watch video here:Continue reading “sk̓ʷey kʷs ʔəwə θəytət k̓ʷə ɬew̓ətew̓txʷ We Must Build a Healing Place”

A Look Back: Wild Salmon Caravan 2016

We got some great video from many sources last year and Chris Gadsden was a great asset to the team covering  so much of the caravan. Here’s some video from his Lettermail YouTube channel.

Wild Salmon Caravan Is Back For 2017!!!

Hey everyone!

We are BACK for 2017 and have a lot of work to do.

Here’s some calls to action!

The Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty and community planning teams for the Wild Salmon Caravan are calling on food system networks, artists, health hubs, and environmental groups to self organize on the following items:

  • Self-organize community participation in the WSC Mardi Gras style parades and events (see travel itinerary for times and dates of community events).
  • Host arts build workshops and create banners, costumes, regalia, and floats for a WSC parade coming soon to a community near you.
  • Share the save the date and arts build posters widely on social media:
    October 7th-12th, 2017 – Vancouver to Adams River
  • Follow and use the #WildSalmonCaravan2017 hashtag and tag @wildsalmoncaravan on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.
  • Follow our blog. Look for follow button to your right.
  • Create and upload short video clips to our Facebook page to tell others why the wild salmon are important to you. What’s YOUR salmon story?
  • Volunteer for planning team for logistics and hosting of parades.
  • Inquire about cash donations. (use contact form)
  • Donate food for feasts – contact a  regional planning team near you in either of the following communities. (also use contact form)

We will be looking for community planning teams in the following centres:
Vancouver, Chilliwack, Merritt, Kamloops or Chase. Stay tuned for volunteer information and regional planning team gathering.

Stay tuned on our Calls To Action page for more details coming up!

If you have any questions or concerns…get to us through our new Contact Us page.

WSC at BCFSN Gathering 2017

Well that sure is a mouthful isn’t it?
For those that don’t know the acronyms, the Wild Salmon Caravan was honoured to present at the BC Food Systems Network Gathering 2017 held at UBC Farms on unceded Musqueam Territory.

The gathering kicked off with a traditional welcoming by Jeri Sparrow and consisted of three days of conversations around the food systems in British Columbia.

Wild Salmon Caravan delivered a presentation entitled “Mobilizing Support For Indigenous Sovereignty Through The Wild Salmon Caravan” along side an arts build. Many great connections were made as well as an ideation session with 9 members of different food systems organizations from around B.C.

Below are some photos of the process and final product.

We started with a conversation around ‘what wild salmon means to us’. Ronnie kept notes of key concepts, values and understandings in a word cloud.


This data was then transferred from paper to software and created into a graphic declaration and promotional material for Wild Salmon Caravan.


Thanks to the BC Food Systems Network for having us out and thanks for your work.

What does salmon mean to you?

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Wild Salmon Caravan 2016 Sponsors

We are grateful for the support for the Wild Salmon Caravan 2016 that has come from within a mutual aid network of partners and sponsors that contribute in the following ways; staff time (planning, hosting and coordinating, logistics on site), meeting space, art supplies, food, promotion, transportation and cash (in person donations from community fundraising activities and crowdfunding campaign).




Voices of Wild Salmon! 2015/16

We are looking for authentic, fun and creative expressions to inspire people from all creeds, cultures and backgrounds to join us in celebrating the spirit of wild salmon in the upcoming Wild Salmon Caravan.

Paul Wagner shares his passion for salmon and invites you to the Wild salmon Caravan, June 6-11, 2016. See you there!

….let the wild salmon hear our songs.Continue reading “Voices of Wild Salmon! 2015/16”