Jane Philpott Likens Indigenous Child Welfare System To Residential School Legacy

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You Can Help Support Alexandra’s Work to Protect Wild Salmon Take the pledge at the link below:

Take a personal pledge to never eat farmed salmon. Salmon raised in open pen fish farms are harmful to wild salmon, to other marine wildlife, and are not a healthy food choice. Read labels carefully when shopping and eating in restaurants. Ask if you are not sure. Spread the word.
Sign the petition demanding the Canadian Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans enact legislation to remove salmon fish farms from the ocean.

 

The journey of the salmon nourishes the ocean floor with phyto-plankton which is the lowest living organism that marine wildlife feeds upon. The uninterrupted journey of the salmon is critical to the ecosystem of the oceans, rivers and lakes. Unfortunately, the journey of the salmon in British Columbia (B.C.) is disrupted from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project. The Kinder Morgan workers installed mats in B.C. streams to discourage fish from spawning where the pipeline is to be built (De Souza, 2017, para. 5).

 

Jennifer Nener, director of Salmon management of the department of Oceans and Fisheries Canada, said: “Sockeye salmon return on a four-year cycle, and the 2017 run is based on the previous returns from 2013 and 2009. The lowest return every recorded was in 2016 when just 850,000 sockeye came back [owing to] warmer temperatures in the Pacific Ocean (McSheffrey, 2017, para.9). The salmon’s journey of swimming upstream to their mother’s place of spawning is disrupted by the Atlantic farmed salmon accidental invasion (Linnett, 2017, para. 9). Atlantic farmed salmon are diseased and deformed from being in cramped living conditions and fed synthetic fish food pumped full of antibiotics. When they swim with wild salmon they disrupt the natural ecosystem which impacts the wild salmon (refer to following picture).

deformed salmon

Linnitt, C. (2017). Disturbing New Footage Shows Diseased, Deformed Salmon in B.C. Fish Farms. Desmog.ca. Retrieved from https://www.desmog.ca/2017/08/23/disturbing-new-footage-shows-diseased-deformed-salmon-b-c-fish-farms.

The link within the citation above includes footage that was shot at two salmon farms owned by Grieg Seafood and located near Broughton Island, B.C., in the traditional territory of the Musgmagw Dzawada’enuwx Nation. Alfred and Awahawoo Hereditary Chief George Quocksister Jr. shot the footage while travelling to fish farms aboard the research vessel Martin Sheen, provided by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (Linnitt, 2017, para. 3). The tears of Awahawoo Hereditary Chief George Quocksister Jr. reflects the spirit Dr. Donald discusses that needs to be in the Science curriculum. Below is a picture of the Atlantic farmed salmon’s physical characteristics to look out for in case one is caught as many of them are infested with sea lice.

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https://www.voyageforsalmon.ca/hereditary-chief-george-quocksister-speaks/

 

Atlantic Farmed Salmon

 

Paterson, T.  & Wadhwanit, A., (2017).  Thousands of U.S. salmon escape near B.C., company blames solar eclipse Atlantic salmon could be on way to B.C. water, operators blame unusual high tide for failed fish net. Ponoka News. Retrieved from http://www.ponokanews.com/news/thousands-of-u-s-salmon-escape-near-b-c-company-blames-solar-eclipse/.

The accidental invasion of the Atlantic farmed salmon into the waters of the wild B.C. salmon reflects Davis’ claim that:

That is, they arise in the interactions of inert components. However, many systems and events emerge in the interactions of agents that are themselves dynamic and adaptive. Examples include microorganisms, cells, organs, animals, animal packs, cities, societies, species, and the biosphere. Such phenomena are not entirely predictable, because members of the same class of phenomenon have the capacity to respond differently to the same sorts of influences.

(Davis, 2017, p. 94, italics added)

 

Introducing human made substances and genetically modified salmon into what appeared to be a closed human controlled environment still unpredictably impacted the Earth’s marine ecosystem which in turn reacted unpredictably to the ecosystem of the wild B.C. salmon. This also relates to Davis’ statement that:

 

Both complexivist and ecological discourses….might be described as responses to the modern (actually metaphysical) neglect for context. This neglect is manifest, for example, in scientific technologies that are deployed in ignorance of their environmental consequences, in medical practices that are fixated on responses to disease rather than the support of good health, in legal systems that protect individuals’ rights and ignore collective responsibilities, and in educational systems structured around age-appropriate (versus situation-or person appropriate) standardized curricula.

 

 

(2004, pp. 160-161, italics added)

 

 

 

 

 

The Western medical system’s response to curing diseases with antibiotics, radiation, chemotherapy or surgery is different than the healing that occurs in Music Therapy where the music therapist combines rhythm of patient’s breathing and heartbeat to the rhythm of soothing tones to honor grief, nostalgia and move into the breath-spiritus of the moment (Wigram & Pedersen, et. al., 2002, p. 191). In order to honor the salmon’s journey, and the people impacted by it (which is all of us) I have written a song that honors this grief, pastoral nostalgia and moves into the spiritus of our moment of breath together.

 

 

The Song of the Salmon’s Journey

 

As salmon swims they are longing,

Upstream for spawning,

Releasing their Eggs for us all

Their love swims in Earth’s womb in the sea

May the salmon swim clean and free

Nourishing us to see

They are the key

For our hunger to feed

 

No more salmon sewage algae

Let the salmon swim upstream

Spawning eggs deep in the sea

For the food chain to feed

 

The seas belongs to us all

All species make the call

Extinction escapes our fall

If Phytoplankton enthralls*

 

Each breath will spirits us

Into waters of justice

May our prays unite

As the cosmos soothe our plight

 

May the salmon swim upstream

To their place of spawning

Stay Wild and free

For us all to feed

Our nourishing reprieve

 

 

 

*I was using the meaning of enthrall as a verb which is to charm-phytoplankton is the lowest form of nourishment on the marine wildlife  food chain and the wild salmon’s eggs leave a healthy residue of phytoplankton on the ocean bed. Restoring the wild salmon cycle will restore the health of our oceans and water ways. I see water as the first medicine for healing.

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The link within the citation above includes footage that was shot at two salmon farms owned by Grieg Seafood and located near Broughton Island, B.C., in the traditional territory of the Musgmagw Dzawada’enuwx Nation. Alfred and Awahawoo Hereditary Chief George Quocksister Jr. shot the footage while travelling to fish farms aboard the research vessel Martin Sheen, provided by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (Linnitt, 2017, para. 3). The tears of Awahawoo Hereditary Chief George Quocksister Jr. reflects the spirit Dr. Donald discusses that needs to be in the Science curriculum. Below is a picture of the Atlantic farmed salmon’s physical characteristics to look out for in case one is caught as many of them are infested with sea lice.

Paterson, T.  & Wadhwanit, A., (2017).  Thousands of U.S. salmon escape near B.C., company blames solar eclipse Atlantic salmon could be on way to B.C. water, operators blame unusual high tide for failed fish net. Ponoka News. Retrieved from http://www.ponokanews.com/news/thousands-of-u-s-salmon-escape-near-b-c-company-blames-solar-eclipse/.

https://youtu.be/ZKnKDzE-j4g

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LAKE ST. MARTIN FLOOD VICTIMS GET NEW HOMES

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