4th Annual Salish Sea Gathering

Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 16:00 to 20:00

Welcome to our 4th annual gathering to protect the Salish Sea from Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion! Please invite your friends and make note of changes for this year's event as Ta'ah said - WARRIOR UP! - we encourage you to Paddle! Pedal! Dance! Swim!

Traditional ocean-going canoe and boat floatilla • Swim • Cycle Ride • Salmon BBQ • Music • Coast Salish Dance • Children’s Activities • Educational displays • Landscape Drawing!

Sunday Sept 27, 12-4pm Whey-ah-Wichen/Cates Park, Tsleil-Waututh/North Vancouver
*11am departure from Rocky Point Park (Tsleil-Waututh/Port Moody) to Whey-ah-Wichen

Celebrate the Salish Sea and United Nations World Rivers' Day by participating in Coast Salish culture, paddling, cycling, swimming, making art, or just watching! This day-long celebration is open to everyone! For the casual Sunday visitor to the motivated athlete there’s lots of ways to participate!

Cheer on swimmers completing an epic 3-week relay swim down the Fraser River with today's final leg from Port Moody’s Rocky Point Park to Whey-ah-Wichen. A traditional canoe paddle and flotilla of boats will accompany the swimmers. Not to be outdone by sustainable transportation, cyclists are invited to bike from Rocky Point Park thru Burnaby, across Second Narrows Bridge, to Whey-ah-Wichen. A shuttle bus will bring people back from Whey-ah-Wichen to Rocky Point.

In recognition of Culture Days BC! another way to participate is joining artists in a "draw-in" at the shore of Whey-ah-Wichen to celebrate the natural beauty of the surroundings and thriving Coast Salish culture. The LIVE Performance Art Biennale is joining the Gathering this year recognizing performative acts of engagement by artists and the public alike. The performance art festival celebrates these feats of human endurance as we witness the conclusion of an epic swim, the living heritage of Coast Salish canoe culture and performance.

This year’s Salish Sea Gathering has also moved from the summertime to September to coincide with another festival—FraserFest—to share how the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion threatens the Fraser River and Salish Sea. FraserFEST is a province-wide series of family-friendly festivals in communities along the banks of the Fraser River out into the Salish Sea. Participants will learn about the Fraser River’s history, culture, and the issues threatening its health, as well as solutions for change. For more information visit http://rivershed.com/fraserfest/about-fraserfest/

To register for the Rocky Point >11am< bicycle or floatilla departure check back here. Information will be posted soon!

The 4th Salish Sea Gathering is produced by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust, in association with Culture Days BC, The Rivershed Society of BC, LIVE Biennale Performance Biennale, Friends of the Sacred Trust, and other community partners.

For more information visit http://www.sacredtrust.ca/ or follow @TWNSacredTrust on Twitter.

Whey-ah-Wichen/Cates Park North Vancouver
49° 19' 37.164" N, 123° 4' 23.808" W

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