October 17th – Syilx-led reintroduction of Okanagan sockeye salmon
Noreen Willows, Associate Professor, Agricultural, Food & Nutrition Sciences
The Columbia River Treaty and habitat impacts in the Okanagan basin made it impossible for salmon fish passage, while deeply impacting Syilx cultural and food systems. Years of hard work and political advocacy have seen the Okanagan Nation Alliance working with provincial, federal and US Tribes and agencies to rebuild the sockeye salmon run from 3000 up to 500,000 salmon returning annually. Dr Willows talk will describe the actions Okanagan Nation Alliance is taking to bring back this important food species, and the research that is being done to evaluate the health and cultural outcome of this Syilx-led food sovereignty initiative.
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