Walk to Protect and Restore the Salish Sea, (Lacey WA)
September 23, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
State of Washington: Department of Ecology, 300 Desmond Dr SE, Lacey, WA
The people of our Salish Sea are rising like the tide to protect what we love and cherish as sacred. Join us as we stand in solidarity with Salish Sea tribes to ensure their treaty rights are honored and respected and for other nations to have their unceded territories and natural laws honored and respected.
We are rising to stop Fracked Gas proposals, which threaten our communities, our waters and our climate. The World's Largest Fracked Gas to Methanol Refinery, proposed in Kalama, would become our state’s largest climate polluter by 2025, endanger local residents with high risk of explosion and harmful pollutants, and open the floodgates for toxic fracked gas infrastructure across the Pacific Northwest. Puget Sound Energy’s 14-story tall fracked gas tank is being constructed at the Port of Tacoma on Puyallup land, despite the Tribe’s opposition, and without all its permits. The Department of Ecology can stop both of these projects.
This event is a stop on the 4 day walk along our Salish Sea in solidarity with the many Indigenous Nations of our Salish Sea bio-region that are asking all of us to lift them up at this time, to begin our plans of restoration.
Event Host: Sierra Club, Protectors of the Salish Sea, 350 Seattle, Columbia Riverkeeper, Power Past Fracked Gas. Join us in calling on the Department of Ecology to protect our Salish Sea from Fracked gas!
Film: Princess Angeline (Bellevue WA)
September 24, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
East Shore Unitarian Church, 12700 SE 32nd St, Bellevue, WA
Don't Miss it! Meaningful Movies Bellevue is starting at East Shore Unitarian Church on Tuesday, September 24th. Doors open at 6:30, and the film starts at 7:00PM. The first film of the 2019 - 2020 series will be "Princess Angeline," the story of the Duwamish and their unrecognized tribal status. Ken Workman, Duwamish tribal member and descendant of Chief Seattle, will join us. All are welcome, so bring family and friends. A $5/person donation is suggested to cover expenses, but NO ONE is turned away. More
Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest
September 26, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Western Washington University Libraries, 516 High St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA
How have communities, indigenous, and non-indigenous peoples narrated and contested stories of settler colonialism in the Pacific Northwest? What are the responsibilities of historians and educators as they explore and present these narratives? Panelists Marc Carpenter (PhD candidate, University of Oregon History Department), Dr. Josh Cerretti (WWU Departments of History, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies), and Michelle Vendiola (community organizer, educator, and member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada) will engage in a facilitated conversation about past, present, and future approaches to the telling of local and regional history. Dr. Jennifer Seltz (WWU Department of History) will moderate.
This event will take place in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson 6th Floor). For more information, contact Elizabeth Joffrion (360) 650-3283.
Netse Mot: One Mind for Xw'ullemy
September 27, 2019 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Blaine Marine Park, 272 Marine Dr, Blaine, WA 98230, USA
On September 27th at the conclusions of Climate Action Week and interfaith’s Season of Creation, Lummi Nation will be leading Netse Mot: One Mind for Xw’ullemy, an international and intertribal event that calls attention to the critical state of the Salish Sea, beloved by our Native and non-Native communities here in the U.S and in Canada. The goal of the event is to demonstrate the impact an international collaboration under the leadership of the Tribes/Nations, empowered by the support of environmental and social justice organizations and the faith community, can have in addressing the many of challenges the Salish Sea. Some of these challenges are the assaults on Tribal/National sovereignty, rights and cultural continuity. They are the impacts of climate change and of air/land/water pollution. They are the impacts of vessel traffic and fossil fuel, mining and other hazardous material industries. They are the declining marine wildlife populations like our Southern Resident Orcas and Chinook Salmon. And there are more. Read more here.
Changing the Way We See Native America
October 3, 2019 1:00 pm - October 5, 2019 2:30 pm
Various locations in Whatcom County (see description)
Created by Matika Wilbur of the Tulalip/Swinomish People, Project 562 is the effort to photograph each federally recognized tribe in the United States. Her 10-year effort has resulted in an unprecedented repository of imagery and oral histories that accurately portray contemporary Native Americans, including the Nooksack and Lummi Tribes. The artist will visit Whatcom County to share these images and stories about the project during events at four locations:
NORTHWEST INDIAN COLLEGE
2522 Kwina Road, Bellingham
Thursday, October 3, 1:00–2:30 PM
2125 Main St., Ferndale
Thursday, October 3, 6:30–8:00 PM
Mí sq’ eq’ ó Community Building
Nooksack Indian Tribe
2515 Sulwhanon Drive, Everson
Friday, October 4, 6:30–8:30 PM
5044 Mt. Baker Hwy., Deming
Saturday, October 5, 6:30–8:00 PM
Program made possible by the Friends of the Deming Library, Friends of the Ferndale Library, the Nooksack Tribe, Northwest Indian College, Norcliffe Foundation, WECU Community Builder Grant, Sea Wolf Bakers, Lummi Nation Community Contribution Grant.
Prayer Call for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita)
October 10, 2019 9:30 am - 10:00 am
Anywhere you are
Below is a request from Lummi Nation. As some of you may know, Lummi Nation is seeking the return of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita). For those of you who don’t know, Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita) is the last remaining Orca that was brutally taken in the 1970s raids on the J, L, K pods from Penn Cove. Over 40 Orca youth were taken from our waters and dispersed to various aquarium around the world. Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita) is growing older now and is near retirement from the aquarium. She has spent all but 4 years of her life (about 43 years) in a small concrete tank. She still remembers her pod’s songs. Lummi Nation has been trying to get Miami Seaquarium to release her and let her come home to spend her remaining years in the waters of her home and with her family (her mother is still alive). She will be kept in a special sanctuary and a detailed plan has been worked out to bring her home and secure her for the remainder of her life.
Miami Seaquarium has refused to let her come home.
Lummi Nation is calling for a prayer sending on October 10th, however, if y’all could include a few moments whatever day this week that you can if you are not able to join on the 10th.
“We will be together in prayer for Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut Thursday, October 10, at 9:30am. We are asking you all to join us from wherever you are. Please say her name, please pray in your own way, please carry her in in your heart. We want Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut to feel our love, we want to send her hope and strength. Please pray for Miami Seaquarium to do the right thing and work in a good way with us to bring her home in 2020. Hy’shqe.”
Statement from Raynell Squil-le-he-le Morris and Ellie Tah-Mahs Kinley, two Lummi Tribal women intending to sue Miami Seaquarium, Palace Entertainment, and EQT, for the return of Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut (Tokitae/Lolita). Miami Seaquarium has until October 25, 2019 (90 days from the date of the letter of intent) to respond.
You can find more information here: https://sacredsea.org/skalichelhtenaut/. Take a few minutes to read and watch some of the videos, especially the link to the trailer for a documentary (https://vimeo.com/266726774).
Then say a prayer . . .
Thank you and I hope you will give this due consideration and show your support for Lummi Nation, Sk’aliCh’elh-tenaut and her relatives here in the waters of the Salish Sea.
2019 Salish Sea Shared Waters Forum
November 14, 2019 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Four Points by Sheraton Bellingham Hotel & Conference Center, 714 Lakeway Dr, Bellingham, WA 98229, USA
Registration now open! https://salishseaforum2019.eventbrite.com
In 2018, Washington State passed the Strengthening Oil Spill Transportation Act (E2SSB 6269) requiring the Department of Ecology (Ecology) Spills Program to take a variety of new steps to promote the safety of marine transportation and protect the greater Puget Sound from oil spills. One of the Act’s requirements is for Ecology to coordinate with British Columbia and Canada to establish the Salish Sea Shared Waters Forum.
The purpose of the Forum is to exchange information to enhance oil spill prevention, preparedness, and response measures to minimize the risk and impacts of spills in the Salish Sea. The Forum will serve as a platform for open dialogue for all levels of government from both sides of the border, including Transport Canada, the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, Tribes and First Nations, environmental groups, and industry. It will address issues such as navigational safety, data sharing, and the impacts of spills on the environment, Tribal and First Nation resources, the economy, and public health. This Forum will provide a platform to discuss and share ideas on these and other issues related to vessel traffic.
The goal is to advance our collective knowledge about current policies and practices, and potential safeguards to protect our shared waters and resources. The Forum will be a non-voting and non-decision-making entity.
The Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force, of which Washington and British Columbia are founding members, will work with Ecology and the B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to establish and hold the Forum.
This event will be free and open to the public. Please visit the Task Force website for additional information. www.oilspilltaskforce.org