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Clayoquot Salmon Festival 2020

Salmon play an integral role in coastal livelihoods, cultures, and ecosystems on the west coast. And they lead incredible lives, starting in fresh water then migrating to the ocean. Celebrating the backbone of the west coast is what inspires Friends of Clayoquot Sound to organize the annual Clayoquot Salmon Festival based out of Tofino. But as COVID remains a major issue for in-person events, Friends of Clayoquot Sound are taking the 2020 Clayoquot Salmon Festival online. 

This year, the Clayoquot Salmon Festival is teaming up with Salmon Nation’s Festival of What Works as part of a week of over 40 online events to celebrate salmon and what is working to protect the greater salmon bioregion. The Clayoquot Salmon Festival X Festival of What Works collaboration will run from Sunday, November 15 – Sunday, November, 22, with each day of the Festival having a different theme, something for everyone. By taking Clayoquot Salmon Festival online, we aim to provide an opportunity to reflect upon and build an active appreciation for the irreplaceable value of salmon in Clayoquot Sound and across the salmon bioregion. 

RSVP to the Clayoquot Salmon Festival Curated Event Stream here.

There are more than 40 free events happening as part of the Festival of What Works featuring author Wade Davis, cooking show star Annita McPhee, comedian Ryan McMahon, photojournalist Amy Gulick, artist Ray Troll, musical act Portugal The Man, and many more community planners, scientists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, activists, chefs, teachers, musicians, Indigenous leaders and elders who share ideas for how to ensure prosperous, healthy, local communities. Visit the Festival of What Works website to check out the full lineup.

Clayoquot Salmon Festival Curated Event Stream 

Salmon Warriors: An End to Engineered Fish

Tuesday, November 17: 9-10:30AM

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Tune in for this in-depth conversation between remarkable scientists, activists, Indigenous stewards and community leaders will explore the consequences of fish farms on local ecosystems —and how we can save our wild salmon and communities moving forward. Hear how scientists are tracking the latest realities of salmon stock; stories of blockade protests against fish farms; explanations of how wild salmon conservation is working in Indigenous communities across Salmon Nation; and more. It’s by using an integrated approach to learning, advocacy and regeneration that we can shape the future of our coastal waters.

Featuring: Homiskanis Don Svanvik, Dúqva̓ísḷa William Housty, Anne Shaffer, and German Ocampo

RSVP to “Salmon Warriors: An End to Engineered Fish” on the Festival of What Works website.


“The Wild” Film Screening & Panel

Tuesday, November 17: 7-9PM

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Tune in for a stream of “The Wild”, the latest award-winning feature documentary by Mark Titus. The film follows the ongoing struggle in Bristol Bay, Alaska to preserve wild salmon fishing from the mining industry’s relentless pursuit to build North America’s largest open-pit copper mine—directly in the headwaters one of the most impressive wild sockeye salmon runs in the world. After the film, Friends of Clayoquot Sound will join a panel hosted by the director to discuss how unsustainable mining impacts salmon, ecosystems, and communities.  

RSVP to “The Wild” on the Festival of What Works website.


Tourism as a Force for Good

Wednesday, November 18: 11AM-12PM

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Tune in on Wednesday, November 18 to hear more about the Tribal Parks Allies initiative. This local solution brings together a community of Tofino businesses committed to supporting the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s vision of achieving a socially and ecologically just conservation economy, where every dollar spent supports the ecological protection and restoration of the Tribal Parks ancestral gardens and the resurgence of Tla-o-qui-aht culture and governance. Hosted by Julian Grant of Tribal Parks Allies, this panel explores how businesses can adequately support tribal partners, and how to pursue regenerative tourism business ventures across Salmon Nation, as told by Brophy Tyree and Justin Randolph of Untrodden, and Trina Notman from Accent Inns.

RSVP to “Tourism as a Force for Good” on the Festival of What Works website.


Forests Across Generations

Thursday, November 19: 4-5PM

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Joe Martin is one of the most respected Indigenous leaders in British Columbia, whose canoes and bentwood boxes are honoured across Salmon Nation and around the world—as is his activism in the protection of old-growth forests. Joe was a leading voice during the Meares Island (1984) and War of the Woods (1993) protests in Clayoquot Sound. The latter—the largest ever act of civil disobedience in Canada—led to significant forest protections in Clayoquot Sound. Gisele Martin, his daughter, continues the family legacy through her work as a Nuu-chah-nulth language and culture activist and educator.. Enter the creative hub Joe’s carving shop and listen to Gisele’s wisdom on a visit to a recent clearcut to see the forest, and its future, through their eyes.

RSVP to “Forests Across Generations” on the Festival of What Works website.


The Rising Tide of Youth Climate Activism

Friday, November 20: 6-7PM

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Around the world, youth are rising up to demand climate justice! Tune in for a candid conversation with young climate leaders, featuring the Ucluelet Secondary School Surfrider Youth Club, sharing their ideas for new waves of climate action. Together they started Canada’s first-ever Surfrider Youth Club four years ago.  The Surfrider Youth Club includes students from grades 8-12 at Ucluelet Secondary School. They organize non-stop including three annual remote beach cleans, in school campaigns to promote sustainable lunch practices, climate protests, and a youth climate change conference. Their goal is to encourage students to love and protect the environment and make their school community more sustainable. 

Featuring: Toby Theriault, Yorbelli Morales-Ortiz, Lucie Beylard, Ava Law, and Seth Stere.

RSVP to “The Rising Tide of Youth Climate Activism” on the Festival of What Works website.


Gust of Wind Performance Series

Friday, November 20: 7-8PM

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Join us in iconic locations across Clayoquot Sound for performances with local musicians. Tofino’s own Grizzly Waves, aka Luke MacDonald brings us the Gust of Wind. Blending diverse sonic spectrums, Grizzly Waves weaves punk rock, folk, psych and blues through soaring highs and moody lows to take the audiences on a journey. Ms. PAN!K, aka Vira Danyk, is Haida-warrior, loop-poet and multimedia artist who will be sharing a live performance. Ms. PAN!K is a WCMA Award Nominee for Spiritual Artist of the Year, blending indie-folk with hip hop and soul in loop-crafted soundscapes that are experimental, philosophical and immersive. Jeh Custerra and German Ocampo of Friends of Clayoquot Sound will share how music connects the community in Clayoquot Sound through their work organizing the Clayoquot Salmon Festival and the Earth Keepers Youth Arts Leadership program.

RSVP to “Gust of Wind Performance Series” on the Festival of What Works website.


Salmon: Soul and Sustenance of a Nation

Saturday, November 21: 7-8PM

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Tuutahkʷiisnupšiƛ Joe Martin prepares a traditional salmon barbecue and that kicks off a searching conversation exploring nature’s law, the importance of language, our relationship to the land, traditional knowledge, the traditions of totem poles, sacred ceremonies, the role of birth keeping and the importance of standing up to protect our lands and waters. Joining Joe are Valeen Jules, Gisele Martin, Jeh Custerra, Olivia Leigh Nowak and German Ocampo.

RSVP to “Salmon: Soul and Sustenance of a Nation” on the Festival of What Works website.



Salmon Nation’s Festival of What Works is a week-long, online celebration and examination of community-led approaches to living well in place. At a time of crisis, what if we had a conversation about *what works*?

Join us online from November 15-22 for FREE events with community planners, scientists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, activists, chefs, teachers, musicians, Indigenous leaders and elders who share ideas for how to ensure prosperous, healthy, local communities.

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See you there!

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