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Clayoquot Salmon Festival 2021

An Annual Celebration of Salmon!

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 us to organize the annual Clayoquot Salmon Festival based out of Tofino.

Clayoquot Salmon Festival Curated Event Stream Schedule for the Festival of What Works

6 Days / 50+ Online Events / Free & By Donation

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*Event Descriptions below introduction*

**On Demand Reel Descriptions scroll to bottom.**


Salmon play an integral role for coastal livelihoods, cultures, and ecosystems on the west coast. And they lead incredible lives, starting in freshwater 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. With COVID remaining an issue, Friends of Clayoquot Sound are taking the 2021 Clayoquot Salmon Festival online once again.

For a second year in a row, the Clayoquot Salmon Festival is teaming up with Salmon Nation’s Festival of What Works for a week to celebrate salmon and amplify what is working to protect the greater salmon bioregion. The Clayoquot Salmon Festival X Festival of What Works collaboration runs from Tuesday, November 2 – Sunday, November, 7, featuring 50+ online events, 100+ speakers, and short films on demand. 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 to people and ecosystems across the salmon bioregion.

Reconciliation and collective healing are major themes for this year’s content as Indigenous knowledge and stewardship are humanity’s greatest hope for protecting salmon, the ancient salmon forests and salmon watersheds. Numerous short films from Friends of Clayoquot Sound and our allies, also presented on demand, help tell the stories of the thousands who have mobilized and been arrested in both Clayoquot Sound and Fairy Creek to protect the old-growth trees of the salmon ecosystems on Vancouver Island.

Salmon are essential to protecting a way of life rooted in the Pacific northwest environment. They inspire us to confront challenges, like having difficult conversations, which is why we are focusing on education through the Festival at this important time. To stay up to date with all the events, please follow Friends of Clayoquot Sound and Clayoquot Salmon Festival on Facebook and link into Salmon Nation’s larger Festival of What Works schedule with over 50 events and many on demand films!


November 2, 2021 

Kick Off Event

6:00 – 6:30pm

Join the folks at the FEstival of What Works to kick off this year’s Festival of in ceremony and style. Hear from Amalaxa Louisa Smith – Counselor and Haisla Elder – who will welcome everyone and share the legacy of her brother, Wa’xaid, Cecil Paul’s Magic Canoe. Our Festival Director, Kel Moody, and Salmon Nation partners, will share what this week has to offer. And Annita McPhee, former three-term president of the Tahltan Nation in British Columbia, will share our community agreements for how we can connect during this incredible upcoming week. Join us!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Nature-based solutions are underpinned by natural processes or structures, designed to address environmental challenges while providing multiple benefits to economy, society and our ecological systems. In short: they’re what works. Two exceptional leaders and planners share how we can use nature to inform, plan, design and make decisions—and how, by doing so, we can protect our natural environments. Herb Hammond, from Silva Forest Foundation, will share the philosophy, principles and process of nature-based planning, and how his development of NBP has been shaped by his work with many Indigenous peoples. Dawn Morrison, from the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, will share her analysis, insights and experience on how NBP is complementary to Indigenous knowledge, laws and governance. She will also share an overview of current work that is using NBP to reassert Indigenous rights to hunt, fish, farm and to protect land and water.


Herb Hammond

Dawn Morrison 

For much of the 20th century in Canada, it was mandatory for all Indigenous children to be taken from their families and sent to institutions designed to assimilate them into white, Christian, Canadian society. Abhorrent abuse was widespread and systemic. Two Indigenous elders who have survived the Residential School System share their stories, and discuss what we can do—now—to support those still facing the after-effects of this shameful history, and confront the ongoing, systemic racism towards Indigenous people still occurring today. Only by listening and understanding can we begin to move forward into action. There will be a live Q&A with the panelists.


George Muldoe

Bev Sellers

Hup Wil Lax A (Kirby Muldoe)

Thursday, November 4th, 2021

How can Alaskans harness the opportunity to create healthy economies and ecosystems through development of Indigenous-led kelp farming practices?  This session will showcase leaders in the Blue Economy—Alaskans staking a claim in the state’s plans to grow a billion-dollar mariculture industry. While leading fisheries are lining up for permits, the difference lies in millennia of experience in sustainable harvest and marine responsibility that inform a Native brand in Indigenous-led kelp farming and processed foods.


Evelyn Arce Erickson

Dune Lankard

Jim Smith

Kelly Terbasket, co-founder of IndigenEYEZ and kinSHIFT, will share how combining creative arts practices with land-based learning offers medicine for our troubled relationships, particularly between Indigenous peoples and settlers. Called the creative empowerment model, this creative play allows us to access our imagination, vulnerability, and participate in co-learning in a way that builds trust. Join us for this original, important interactive workshop.


Kelly Terbasket

Friday, November 5th, 2021

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the General Assembly in 2007 by a majority of 144 states in favour. Both Canada and the United States voted against. Jennifer Preston and Paul Joffe will discuss UNDRIP, sharing its history and its current state as a global human rights instrument. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous peoples of the world and—as Preston and Joffe highlight—it can be used to advance sustainable development, address climate change and enhance food security. Both presenters were involved in the development of the Declaration and now work to implement it. Find out more about this essential agreement and its power for good.


Paul Joffe

Jennifer Preston

Activists often live and work inside contexts that make self care difficult. This healing session will be led by two lifelong BC activist leaders sharing their own stories and strategies, and offering practices that help to sustain this work. Participants will learn about deep breathing, self-care, support networks and other strategies to commit deeply to the service of life, including our own.


Jeh Custerra

Donna Morton

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

Across Salmon Nation, people are working to understand the ways that wild salmon are being impacted by changes in climate—and taking actions to support climate resilience in these vital species. Bringing together a diverse group of local conservation leaders, Indigenous leaders and scientists from Alaska to California, this panel will share observations and insights into the ways that climate is shaping the future of wild salmon ecosystems, and what we can do to promote resilience in wild salmon and salmon-centric ways of life.


William Atlas

Greg Knox

Nate Mantua

The Magic Canoe is a storytelling entity that seeks to amplify stories of what works across the bioregion, and support the vision of Salmon Nation—as a place and an idea. One of its projects—in addition to the Festival—is Salmon Stories: an initiative that seeks out Fellows from across the bioregion to collect and record stories about the importance of salmon to their community. This is an experiment in non-extractive storytelling and decentralized editorship; a way of sharing stories from the vast diversity of the bioregion while building a robust storytelling collective. Find out more about the initiative, meet some of the Fellows, and hear what works about this model.


Olivia Leigh Nowak

Ian Gill

Sunday, November 7th, 2021

Water is the lifeblood of Salmon Nation and clean water is essential to all life on earth. Ceremony helps us to recognize and honour this. Diverse leaders from Alaska to California will share practices that celebrate the power of water to heal, shift states and connect us all in this collection of interconnected videos from across the bioregion. Spiritual traditions across time and space have revered water as life giver, cleanser and sacred element.  By learning from these featured practitioners we can be inspired to create our own culturally-appropriate ways to deepen our connection and commitments to water.


Rhys-Thorvald Hansen

Annita McPhee

Priti Shah

Bradley Shende

Christine Spinder

Kate Sutherland

Jeff Vanderclute

Voices For Wild Salmon: Salmon Forests Reel

The Clayoquot Salmon Festival’s Voices For Wild Salmon: Salmon Forests Reel presented by Friends of Clayoquot Sound features 4 short films:  “Looking Back, Looking Forward”, “ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ Dugout Canoe”, “History of the 1993 Clayoquot Sound Logging Protests”, and “Salmon Parks”.

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Archives and Reflections

This Friends of Clayoquot Sound screener features the groups leaders — including FOCS Directors Michael Mullin, Eileen Floody, and German Ocampo reflecting alongside Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks Guardian Gisele Martin, Yaakswiis Warrior of the Ahousaht Nation Skookum John, and Tofino Poet Laureate Christine Lowther about the last 40+ years of environmental justice movement organizing while looking to the future. Co-directed by Brenda Colina Kent and Jeh Custerra. Run Time: 11 minutes.

ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ Dugout Canoe

After working as a clearcut logger in what is now known as the Clayoquot Sound, master carver and land defender Joe Martin reconciles his past by revitalizing the ancestral knowledge and artistic practice of the traditional Tla-o-qui-aht dugout canoe. Run Time: 11 minutes.

Salmon Parks

Salmon Parks premiered recently under BC Culture Days in collaboration with Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – British Columbia (CPAWS-BC). The Salmon Parks initiative is supported by Uu-a-thluk, the aquatic resource management department of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council. Salmon Parks is an impact-driven film exploring the restoration efforts of the Mowachaht/Muchalaht and Nuchatlaht First Nations to recover key watersheds and restore wild salmon. The film aims to educate, raise awareness and ultimately secure the establishment of Salmon Parks as a matter of Nuu-chah-nulth law, with recognition by federal and provincial governments. Run Time: 11 minutes.

History of the 1993 Clayoquot Sound Logging Protests

The wave of environmental protests to protect the old-growth temperate rainforest in Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island started in 1984 with the blockade on Meares Island by the Tlaoquiaht and Ahousaht First Nations and local conservationists. The protests reached their peak 25 years ago in the summer of 1993 when 12,000 people took part in the blockades by Kennedy Lake, resulting in the arrest of almost 900 people that summer – which remained the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history for 27 years. But the job is not done: Clayoquot Sound is still not saved and the large scale industrial logging of old-growth forests continues across large parts of the province. Meanwhile, the vast export of old-growth and second-growth raw logs to foreign mills erodes BC forestry employment opportunities. It’s time for the new NDP government of BC to finally protect BC’s endangered old-growth forests and ensure a value-added, second-growth forest industry. Watch this video clip about the protests by filmmaker Darryl Augustine, featuring Eli Enns (Tla-o-qui-aht Ha’uukmin Tribal Park Co-Founder, Indigenous Circle of Experts Co-Chair), Maureen Fraser (Friends of Clayoquot Sound Co-founder, former Tofino Long Beach Chamber of Commerce President ), Valerie Langer (former Friends of Clayoquot Sound Campaign Organizer), Vicky Husband (BC Conservationist, former Sierra Club of BC Conservation Chair, Order of Canada Recipient), and Ken Wu (Ancient Forest Alliance Executive Director and Co-Founder). Run Time: 3 minutes.

Salmon Solidarity Documentary Screening

The Clayoquot Salmon Festival’s Salmon Solidarity Documentary Screening presented by Friends of Clayoquot Sound features “Fairy Creek: The Last Stand” – a film by Justin Douglas and David Testo.


“Fairy Creek: The Last Stand”

In less than 150 years, 97.3% of British Columbia’s old growth forests have been logged. These ancient trees and their ecosystems have been lost forever. Fairy Creek (Ada’itsx), one of BC’s last untouched old growth watersheds, lies on Southern Vancouver Island on the unceded territories of the Pacheedaht, Ditidaht and the Huu-ay-aht Nations. Despite Premier John Horgan’s 2020 election promise to protect the remaining 2.7% of old growth forest, logging of Fairy Creek continues unabated. In August 2020, forest and land defenders began setting up blockades to prevent the destruction of this beautiful and fragile ecosystem. One year later, after mass civil action, over 500 arrests and intense public pressure, the conflict continues. This comprehensive and compelling documentary film sheds light on the issues around the logging and blockades, through conversations with Indigenous Elders, politicians, police, lawyers, front line activists, and many others. Run Time: 101 minutes.

Salmon Celebration and Solidarity Concert Reel

The Salmon Celebration and Solidarity Concert Reel is presented by Friends of Clayoquot Sound as part of our Clayoquot Salmon Festival curation featuring 5 performances including the Gust of Wind Concert Series, Tsimka and Gisele Martin, Midnight Oil, and Praxis Life.

Gust of Wind Concert Series – Willie Thrasher

The Gust of Wind Concert Series showcases musicians performing original songs in beautiful remote locations in the Ha-Hoothlee of the Tla-o-qui-aht Ha’wiih (also known as Clayoquot Sound, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island). Episode 4 features the legendary Willie Thrasher. Throughout his long spanning career, Thrasher has been an advocate for First Nations rights, environmentalism, land stewardship and has been a beacon of peace and unity. Growing up in the wild expanse of Aklavik, Willie’s songs are often shaped by the traditional ways of life his family taught him. He has long been outspoken about his experiences growing up in the Residential School system and shares his experiences through story and song. In 2015 Willie’s music was included in the compilation album ‘Native North America, Vol.1’ which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Historical Album as well as the Polaris Music Prize. This episode also features Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations Members Tuutaakʷiisinapšiił (Joe Martin) and Siičaa (Terry Dorward), who share with us the history of c̓isʔaqis, the formation of Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks and the future of Tribal Parks projects. In 1984 Chief Moses Martin took a stand against MacMillan Bloedel and officially declared the Nation’s entire territory as Tribal Parks, this monumental action inspired many across the world and sparked other protests and calls for direct action. Special thanks to Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks for making this video possible by welcoming the crew and Willie into their Territory, to Joe and Terry for sharing their knowledge and stories and to Carl Martin for transporting everyone safely through the waters he grew up in.

Gust of Wind Concert Series – No Attraction

The Gust of Wind Concert Series showcases musicians performing original songs in beautiful remote locations in the Ha-Hoothlee of the Tla-o-qui-aht Ha’wiih (also known as Clayoquot Sound, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island). Episode 5 features No Attraction performing on the shores of a remote island in Clayoquot Sound. Comprised of Benjamin Braaten and Sarah Gordon, the duo makes beautiful folk songs with sparse arrangements and heart warming harmonies. No Attraction sing about their experience as Queer Artists on the coast, decolonizing their perspectives and learning how to use platform in a way that is socially responsible. The result is music that is expertly crafted and sounds that resonate in both heart and mind.
Tsimka – “Grabbing Spree” featuring Gisele Martin 
The topic of this music video is mining. Gisele Martin sings on this song and Tsimka Martin wrote and performed the rap. The medicine woman mask in the video was created by Tla-o-qui-aht artist, elder and language activist Levi Martin AKA Kamatḥ. The song was produced by Butterflywingtip on True Zoo Records.
Midnight Oil – “Beds Are Burning” Live at the Clayoquot Blockades in 1993
A legendary, and extremely rare live acoustic version of “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil filmed in 1993 when the band played a free, acoustic solidarity performance to lift the spirit of everyone at the Peace Camp defending the old growth rainforests from logging at the Clayoquot Blockades organized by Friends of Clayoquot Sound.
Praxis Life – “Busy Livin”
A remix off the album “Rebel For Life”, Rhymethink member Praxis Life unites with Parab Poet and the Hip Hop Hippies for an energetic music video featuring scenes that start at a Sask Jazz Festival performance before arriving at the end road in the Pacific Rim. The crew turns right at the junction and ends up in  Clayoquot Sound on a point overlooking the breaking waves. Vibrationally similar to how salmon might appear during an upstream migration, but on land?

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