The fundraiser took place at Self Help Graphics on August 8, 2018. All photography courtesy of Isabel Avila
What is the Run4Salmon?
Winnemem Wintu Chief Caleen Sisk and a collective of Indigenous women, activists, and allies are organizing the Run 4 Salmon, a 300-mile trek that follows the historical journey of the salmon from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the Winnemem (McCloud River) to raise awareness about the policies threatening our waters, our fish, and indigenous lifeways. It’s a dire time in California for wild chinook salmon (Nur) – climate change, giant dam projects and draining rivers for Big Ag irrigation threaten the survival of the keystone keepers of our waters. Salmon bring essential nutrients to the waterways, forests, and lands. However, since the Shasta Dam was built 73 years ago, the salmon have been unable to return to their home waters in the Winnemem’s ancestral watershed. Now, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe is working on a plan to bring the genetic descendants of their salmon from New Zealand back to their home waters.
This prayerful journey raises awareness about the importance of protecting our waters, restoring our salmon runs and revitalizing our indigenous lifeways.
How can you help?
- Joining us on the Run4Salmon journey walk, the bicycle segment, and/or the run.
- Follow us on social media on our Run4Salmon facebook, instagram and twitter.
- Donate to our GoFundMe page to help us BRING OUR SALMON HOME!
- Call your senators and ask what they are doing to ensure the Winnemem Wintu Tribe’s way of life is preserved and their voice is heard in California’s water planning. Tell them to build a volitional swim way around Shasta Dam for the Chinook Salmon, and to bring the McCloud River Salmon home from New Zealand.
- Sign our petitions
- Use our hashtags to help spread the word #Run4Salmon #NoDamRaise #NoDamCanHold.
- If you are a teacher, have your class follow Run4Salmon on our website. There
will be photos, blogs and information which may interest your students.
- Pray for your waters, know where your water comes from, know the names of your rivers, and standing up for your waterways.
Thank You ♥