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Salmon, Cedar, Water Ceremony – New Years Day (VIDEO)

Chilliwack (with files from Chris Gadsden) – The New Year started with the usual Polar Bear plunges as well as this event in Chilliwack.

A Salmon, Cedar and Water Ceremony off the Vedder River (Vedder Bridge Rotary Trail Parking Lot).

Chris Gadsden, with the Fraser Valley Salmon Society posted to Facebook:

One of the video I filmed today at the Salmon, Cedar and Water Ceremony on the Vedder River, a great way to start a new decade as the sun shone down on us. January 1, 2020. More videos to follow. Eddie Gardner Holly Arntzen Kevin Wright Gracie Kelly Peter Tam Michael Gildersleeve Alexandra Morton Sabra Woodworth Alyssa Cowles Dean Werk Willy Nilly Jackie Campbell Louis De Jaeger Erin Coulter Suzy Coulter Jennifer Feinberg Jeff Bonner Don Lehn Don Staniford Elly Edwards Shannon Hecker Charles Fergus Billy Dawn Morrison Bernice Heather Ron Moore Dianne Elizabeth Astle Dianne Moore Wayne Froese Ian Stephen Yvette John Ernie Elliott Ernie Crey Carrielynn Victor Andrew Victor Laurea Palmantier Tim Thompson Kai OsheaEthel Gardner Neil Laffra George Quocksister Jr.

Posted by Chris Gadsden on Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Leading up to the event, Salmon and Environmental activist Eddie Gardner posted to social media:

We begin the New Year with a fresh new start honouring great sustainers of life – Water, Salmon, Cedar. This year, we will be singing medicine songs for waters of life, sacred salmon and Xá:lpeyelhp (cedar trees). We will be ever more committed to doing our part to restore and protect what bring so much life to this beautiful part of Mother Earth we share with the ones that swim, fly, crawl, walk on legs, flutter and grow roots into the earth. Putting are minds and heart together as one (Lets’e mot, Lets’e Th’ale), our collective prayers will bring the energies of love, respect and gratitude to where it is needed the most. Industrial fish farms, big oil, and irresponsible mining practices are among some of the corporate interests that need to be held accountable for destroying what supports our fragile eco-systems.

After the ceremony, we are all invited to the Tractor Grease Cafe situated at 48710 Chilliwack Lake Rd. Our hands go up to Jeff Bonner for opening up the Cafe for what has become an annual event! We will enjoy some good food, share some songs, and have our Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance T-Shirts and Hoodies for sale. We will also have some special canned Spring Salmon for sale as well! There will also be a give-a-way as well! We will share some of the accomplishments WSDA made in 2019, and provide our vision for 2020 and how people can help!

Everyone is invited to this family event! OCM!

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