Urgent! Request from Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Print
Justice News
Posted by Joan Russow
Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:49


Forwarded at the request of the Gathering Our Voices Society / Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Warriors
It's Time! Please invite your kayaking friends.
The brave Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw Cleansing Our Waters warriors occupying Marine Harvest's Midsummer Island farm have requested that all willing and able kayakers make their way with boats to Alert Bay as swiftly as possible to standby and assist in the prevention of the restocking of the farm with young Atlantic Salmon. Marine Harvest will attempt to begin restocking as early as Monday. The first main action is most likely to take place Tuesday morning.
A land-based kayak campsite has been set up in close proximity to the farm for camping. Support boats will be standing by to shuttle kayaks and kayakers from Alert Bay to Midsummer Island throughout the weekend and the coming week. Please be self-sufficient in terms of food, shelter, and gear, with the awareness that liveaboard support vessels will be close at hand to assist. Kayaking in this area/season is NOT suitable for beginner kayakers. Support kayakers are expected to have some experience paddling in winter weather and in tidal currents. This said, the distance between the fish farm and the kayak campsite is only a few hundred metres in sheltered waters, and no exposed crossings need to be made to assist with the occupation now that we have adequate support boats and shuttles.
Cell service is available and phone calls can be made from the site.
Please bring adequate safety gear and supplies including:
-Cold water Immersion gear (wetsuit / drysuit)
-lots of warm clothing
-buoyant heaving line
If you're a descendant of settlers (if you aren't an indigenous person) please show your understanding of your own privilege and how the theft of indigenous peoples' lands and the ongoing assault on their land and communities contributes to this privilege, and make reference to your responsibilities today as a person who possesses wealth and privilege gained by the violence of the residential schools and the ongoing colonization process. Please show your understanding of what it means to be an ally to Indigenous people, or be willing to learn about it before you come join the campaign. Please come expecting to learn from the folks you are supporting. Folks camped out on these farms have a lot to deal with already, and we want to make sure that all supporters are caring and thoughtful in how they carry themselves.
Please contact Gathering Allies Society on Facebook or at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  with questions or to confirm participation. Please know that this is a time-sensitive action and that organizers are doing all they can to respond to supporters in a timely manner. Please do your best to self-organize for rides to Alert Bay and other logistics. We will take care of things once you are here.
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 November 2017 10:53