The Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance (WSDA) gathered in Hope last Sunday to hand out a weave to a winner of the fundraising competition.
Salish weaving was created by Yvette John, White Plume Woman, of the Chawathil First Nation.
Eddie Gardner and Terry Wilkinson entrusted the weaving to Gina Peters of Hope.
“The weave is full of meaningful symbols,” Gardner said. “We xwelmexw are salmon. The star at the top represents life continues, the spawning of red and green salmon represent life and rebirth, the diamonds and hourglass-shaped triangles signify love and protection – and it also represents the clock is ticking for our endangered wild salmon. The bear represents that we all need to eat wild salmon, because wild salmon are the “life” of many species, not just humans. »
He said that when you look at the weaving as a whole, it “inspires us all to do our part to help restore wild salmon for the benefit of this beautiful part of Mother Earth”.
The fundraiser has been organized to help shore up WSDA funds as they work to ensure the safety of wild salmon and their habitat and not to ‘follow the path of cod and buffalo’.
“Our deepest gratitude, love and respect goes to Yvette John for her generosity, creativity and commitment to wild salmon as she is an angler and deeply appreciates the food security that Sto:lo has relied on for thousands of years. “, Gardner said in a social media he shared with The Standard.
It was Terry Wilkinson who dreamed up the fundraiser and promoted it at farmers’ markets and other events over the past few months. People were able to purchase a medallion for $20 as a participation prize, which raised just over $2,500 for the WSDA. They also gained more volunteers for the group.
“We are so happy that this creation is settled in a loving home, with a very happy Gina Peters,” said Wilkinson. “We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those people from across British Columbia, as far away as Campbell River, Salt Spring Island and across the province, who have happily supported the cause of protecting our wild salmon and who still have their beautiful medallions and our love as a remembrance of gratitude.
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