Eddie Gardner and members of the Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance are planning a Wild Fishmas festive event Sunday, Dec. 8 in Chilliwack. (Black Press Media photo)

Wild Fishmas event in Chilliwack Sunday for salmon defence

It’s a fish-focused festive fundraiser Dec. 8 at the UFV Indigenous Student Gathering Place

Wild Fishmas is a fish-focused festive fundraiser set for Sunday, Dec. 8 at the UFV Indigenous Gathering Place in Chilliwack.

“Wild salmon are under grave threat,” said Eddie Gardner of the Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance.

The Fishmas gathering will be a chance for the public to help the defence effort on a provincial level.

READ MORE: Optimism with removal of farms from migration corridor

“Wild Fishmas will be a cultural experience and a meaningful opportunity to contribute to the protection of this precious, iconic species,” Gardner said. “Awareness has been growing steadily about the increasing threats to wild salmon populations.’

The festivities include an eco art corner for kids of all ages, drumming and singing, and ‘Cedar, Bears & Water’ a Metis performance.

Although it’s geared to being festive, it’s also an opportunity to raise funds to offset legal costs of salmon defenders.

READ MORE: A cautionary tale for wild salmon

“The Wild Fishmas Event is an opportunity for people to contribute to the strategic action undertaken by the Dzwada’exnuxw people to have fish farms removed from the Pacific coast,” Gardner added.

Proceeds will go towards the ‘Wild Salmon Defence Fund’ set up by the Dzwada’exnuxw First Nation. They’ve hired Jack Woodward, as legal counsel, who won the ground-breaking Ts’ilqo’tin Supreme Court of Canada Decision.

Anyone unable to attend the event can send a cheque made out to Wild Salmon Defenders Alliance, and send it care of: Eddie Gardner, #213 – 46693 Yale Road, Chilliwack, V2P 7Z4.

There will be Spirit Bear coffee and tea, and delicious wild salmon and vegan chowder, arts and crafts sale, and a silent auction of unique nature-related items.

Wild Fishmas is Sunday, December 8, 2019; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., 45190 Caen Ave, Chilliwack, UFV Indigenous Student Gathering Place, entry by suggested donation, $10 Adults, $5 Students/Youth and free for kids 12 and under.

READ MORE: Festive events like the Fishmas Gathering


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Column: Grade school students don’t have a voice during COVID pandemic

As adults weigh pros and cons of returning kids to school, is anyone asking kids what they think?

Unofficial holidays: the weird and wonderful things people celebrate around the world

On any given day of the year, there are several strange, silly or serious holidays to observe

Chilliwack Salvation Army to give away free laundry detergent and more at drive-thru event

They will be handing out Tide detergent, toothpaste and eggs to anyone who is in need

SLIDESHOW: Chilliwack firefighters battle large blaze at Rosedale chicken barn Friday

Majority of birds saved but buildings on Castleman Road destroyed by fire

Chilliwack Fair kicks off tonight with local talent

Todd Richard and Appaloosa to hit the stage for drive-in concert at fairgrounds

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Twister at the Chilliwack SPCA

Small animals like rats are one of the first to be surrendered and last to get adopted

Fraser Valley Bandits fall to Edmonton in CEBL final

Bandits lose 90-73 to Stingers in Sunday’s Summer Series final

Simon Cowell breaks his back falling from electric bike

Incident happened at his home in California

VIDEO: Internet famous Yukon-based bhangra dancer explores Vancouver Island

Gurdeep Pandher spreads joy through dance, forms cross-cultural connections amid pandemic

Fraser Valley Bandits advance to CEBL Championship Game

Bandits post comeback 76-75 win over Hamilton Honey Badgers in Saturday’s semifinal

IHIT on scene of suspicious early-morning fire on rural Mission property

Entrance to Gunn Avenue property cordoned off while investigation takes place, updates coming

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

FURTHER UPDATE: Body removed from Maple Ridge hotel after large police presence

A large contingent of Mounties were at the Art Infiniti Hotel Friday afternoon and evening

Most Read