The Get Out Migration

Salmon Are Sacred is calling on everyone who loves wild salmon to participate in The Get Out Migration, a human migration to tell Ottawa the wild salmon are essential. The Migration starts on Earth Day April 22, 2010, and ends with a Mother’s Day blessing on May 9, 2010. In British Columbia, Alexandra Morton will start the migration at the Ahta River in the heart of the Broughton Archipelago while Quoashinis Lawson will leave from the Bedwell River in Clayoquot Sound before joining Alexandra en route to Victoria. Other migrations will be from Gold River, the Cowichan Valley, the Gulf Islands, the Fraser River Valley, Adams River, and Washington State.

Public events are planned in Sointula (April 22), Port McNeill (April 23),\Nimpkish River (April 23), Tofino (April 24), Quadra Island (April 27), Campbell River (April 28), Comox (April 29), Big Qualicum River/Parksville (May 1), Nanaimo (May 4), Gabriola Island (May 4), Duncan (May 6), Sidney (May 7), and Victoria (May 8). Support is flooding in from around the world with people in Norway, Scotland, Ireland, United States, and Canada pledging to stand up for wild salmon with migrations of their own and offers of solidarity.

“Wild salmon are the backbone of the British Columbia coast and we challenge those businesses and communities who depend upon healthy wild salmon returns to swell the ranks of the migration,” said Anissa Reed of Ocean Aura Design. “Please show your support for wild salmon by getting out on the streets and out onto the water. You need wild salmon and wild salmon need you. Will you heed the call of the wild salmon and stand up to be counted?”

In Duncan, Laura Finch is organizing a group to make prayer flags (9″ by 12″ with a 1/4″ back fold so that the string can go through the back of flag) and this idea is being adopted from one end of the Island to the other. As The Get Out Migration team walks through our towns and cities, they will add prayer flags to strings holding the flags. Laura is suggesting that people make them out of bright cloth or felt and write a message directly onto the flag. You can greet Alexandra and those walking with her at the Swayalana Lagoon in Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo, at 4 pm on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. Flags will be available along with felt pens so you can add slogans! Get industrial salmon farms out of British Columbia Waters!