Ever want to paddle down the Fraser River and help out the sustainability of Wild Salmon?
I am asking my dragon boat friends to help us paddle voyageur canoes on the Fraser River in segments from Hope to Vancouver
paddlers are needed to help the non-paddler VIPs from the
environmental, and sustainability communities. And to help focus
attention on the importance of the Sockeye Salmon.
Here is more info from the Facebook page:
Get Out Migration marches on with a flotilla, walk and rally in
Vancouver on 25th October. Paddlers leave Hope on 20th October with
various events en route –
in Hope (19th),
Katzie/Pitt Meadows (22nd)
and Musqueam (23rd).
Please join the flotilla in Vancouver Harbor from 9am on Monday 25th
October and march from Vanier Park over Burrard Bridge to DFO, the Cohen
Commission and then for a rally at the Art Gallery from Noon. Paddlers
include Alexandra Morton, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Chief Bob
Chamberlin,Chief Marilyn Baptiste, Grand Chief Saul Terry Chief Bev
Sellars, Fin Donnelly MP and Bill Bourne.
More details are available via: http://www.salmonaresacred.org/paddle-wild-salmon
And the Itinerary is available (and will be updated) via: http://www.salmonaresacred.org/itinerary-paddle
Download the rally poster for the 25th October via: http://www.salmonaresacred.org/downloads
SAFETY on the RIVER
If you are wondering about safety of the canoes on the river, here is what organizer Elly Edwards has sent to me
Boerg of Fraser River Raft Expeditions will be along for the whole
paddle along with their Zodiac. Search and Rescue all along the river
has been notified of the paddle and a few SAR trainees will be along.
Skippers James Healy, Ray Natrauro, Wes Nahanee, Marc Caplan, and Eric
Baker will be along.
For day two, members of Skwah First Nation
will be joining from their territory. They know the river like the fish.
As we paddle down river, representatives from each area will join. The
RCMP has also been notified about the paddle from Hope. CBC news will be
at the launch, so we'll want to be set for safety.
There are also many other experienced paddlers who will be along to balance out the less experienced paddlers.