Coming Soon! Salish Sea Summer Gathering

Salish Sea Summer Gathering

In May, the Tsleil-Waututh Nation launched the first legal challenge to the National Energy Board’s review of the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion proposal. This past week the Federal Court of Appeal granted Tsleil-Waututh permission to proceed with the lawsuit. (Watch it here:

Our community is united in standing up to protect Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea, and to stand in solidarity with all impacted communities in the tar sands and along the pipeline and tanker routes. A serious oil spill anywhere would devastate already-stressed land and water environments diminishing the quality of life we all enjoy today.

We wish to invite you to Tsleil-Waututh Territory on August 10, 2014 to participate with 3000 other people in saying “no” to the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker expansion proposal. We are bringing together artists and sustainability experts to stand with First Nations to protect Burrard Inlet and the Salish Sea from the threat of ~400 oil tankers annually.

Our 3rd Annual Salish Sea Summer Gathering takes place at Cates Park/Whey-ah-Wichen. The line up features celebrated Canadian rockers Chilliwack, Buffy St Marie, Juno winners such as Holly McNarland and Vince Vaccaro, and speakers such as the Mayors of Vancouver, Burnaby and North Vancouver. Other dignitaries attending include Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Rex Weyler, all united against the pipeline and tanker expansion.

It is a day at the Salish Sea with traditional canoes, great entertainment from many Juno-award winning artists, salmon BBQ, kids program, and indigenous and environmental activist speakers.  Our Second Stage features a Dragonfly Children’s Program 12-2pm, a singer-songwriter program 2-4pm, and Beats Not Pipelines (DJs + hip hop) 4-6pm. A Poetry Stage features literary artists reading the words of Chief Dan George.

More artists will be announced, and look for more details on the traditional canoe arrival, visual artists, green technology and solar and wind-powered installations, Indigenous artisans, a community info fair and children’s activities — providing hours of inspiring family-friendly fun.

The goal of this event is to celebrate positivity, bring people together across cultures and promote the leadership of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in this effort.

RSVP on Facebook here:

ADMISSION: Purchase festival gate entry, a tshirt, or traditional canoe paddle! Visit $20 regular admission, free for seniors, children, and Tsleil-Waututh, $5 youth.


VOLUNTEER inquiries: Weekly volunteer meetings are scheduled, and we need assistance in the office every day from now until the Festival.

NOTES: No dogs | wheelchair accessible | Limited Parking | Shuttle buses every 20 minutes from Broadway Skytrain (Safeway lot) and Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre (East Hastings) | Or take Translink 604-953-3333 both #211 and #212 from Phibb’s Exchange.

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