The canoe brigade lands at James Chabot beach at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday, September 8th

Salmon celebration ready to spawn

8th Annual Salmon Festival set for this weekend

By Leah Scheitel

Special to the Pioneer

The 8th annual Columbia Salmon Festival is set for this upcoming weekend, with the organizers planning multiple events for the celebration. The Shuswap Band and Ktunaxa Nation are hosting the festival on Saturday, September 8th, with events starting at 10 a.m. and running into the evening.

“We are providing a day to the Indigenous Communities, industry, government and the general public to raise awareness of the loss of the salmon in the Columbia River and what that means to our Indigenous communities,” said Diana Cote, event organizer. “Our goal is to provide education and culture to reflect the goals of reintroduction of salmon.”

Kinsmen Beach is the starting point of the event, with a canoe brigade set to take off and paddle to James Chabot Park, where a traditional celebration of dancing and drumming circles will be ready to welcome in the paddlers and the public. The celebration then moves to the Shuswap Band Hall and continues with a salmon feast and a pow wow. Ms. Cote anticipates approximately 300 people to attend.

“We will have craft and educational vendors set up from all three Nations as well as Columbia Basin groups that collaborate on protection of our water and environment,” added Ms. Cote. “The emphasis is on the collaboration and partnerships in reintroducing the salmon into the upper Columbia River.”

The organizing committee is set up in collaboration with the Shuswap Band and Ktunaxa Nation, but they also have help from friends in other areas.

“We have had to reach out to our relations at Adams Lake Indian Band to provide the salmon and each year they have supported this event with salmon from the Adams River run,” said Ms. Cote, adding the festival has taken roughly two months to plan.

In addition to the Saturday festivities, which is open to the public, Ms. Cote said there is another event planned for the evening prior.

“The evening before the Salmon Festival, the Shuswap Band is hosting Indigenous Leadership and Staff from Secwepemc Nation, Ktunaxa Nation and Okanagan Nation Alliance. The focus of the meeting is to develop a collaboration approach on the goal of self-sustaining salmon into the Upper Columbia River. We will discuss and seek input and guidance as we move from dialogue to action, engage leadership in discussion on how we are to move forward to achieve the success of this important initiative.”

More information about the event can be found on their Facebook page at

Just Posted

Forestry workers set to begin job action in Kootenays

Operations in Castlegar, Cranbrook, Galloway, Elko, Radium, Golden may see job action this week.

Second-story pot shop snuffed out

Invermere marijuana shop must revisit site proposal

Sultans of String swing into town

Show at Pynelogs November 29th

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Nordic club glides into new ski season

Special presentation by Olympian Ingrid Liepa

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

BC Minister of Agriculture loses stepson to accidental overdose

Lana Popham announces death of her 23-year-old stepson, Dan Sealey

Canadian military’s template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Gen. Jonathan Vance, the chief of defence staff says that the military has to change because the very nature of warfare is changing, particularly when it comes to cyber-warfare

‘Toxic’ chosen as the Word of the Year by Oxford Dictionaries

Other top contenders for 2018 include ‘gaslighting’ and ‘techlash’

RCMP bust illegal B.C. cannabis lab

Marijuana may be legal but altering it using chemicals violates the Cannabis Act

Canada defeats Germany 29-10 in repechage, moves step closer to Rugby World Cup

Hong Kong needs a bonus-point win over Canada — scoring four or more tries — while denying the Canadians a bonus point

Avalanche Canada in desperate need of funding

The organization provides avalanche forecasting for an area larger than the United Kingdom

5 B.C. cities break temperature records

Parts of B.C. remain warm, at 10 C, while others feeling chilly

B.C. teacher’s Amazing Race takes students on Canada-wide adventure

Agassiz high school students say they had the experience of a life time

Most Read