Event Protocols (Please read before attending the event, especially those of you who will be attending on the water).
September 27, 2019
Blaine Marine Park, Fishing Pier
272 Marine Dr, Blaine, WA 98230
Please save the date and include this as the concluding event for the other events being planned for Climate Action Week and the Season of Creation at the end of September. Netse Mot: One Mind for Xw’ullemy (the Salish Sea) is a gathering, led by the Tribes/Nations of the Pacific Northwest, to call attention to the imperative to restore and protect the Salish Sea.
Gather on Fishing Pier of the Blaine Marine Park at high tide for speakers, and a demonstration of unity.
If you have a boat – Tribal or non-tribal, fishing or leisure, big or small, Canadian or American– gather on the water at the border. If you don’t have a boat, canoe or kayak, join us on land! More information on cultural and vessel protocols will be posted soon, so keep checking back here or at Sacred Sea: For a Living Salish Sea.
BRING OR WEAR RED.
More details will be coming soon so save the date! See program updates here and more information here on what are the most critical issues impacting the Salish Sea and ways you can respond to make the necessary course correction.
Netse Mot: One Mind for Xw’ullemy (the Salish Sea)
The name of the Salish Sea may be a new one, but Her Story is an ancient one; one that has spanned the generations of countless millennia. Her Story is a wide one, reaching well into the northern shores of British Columbia to the south into the Puget Sound and west to the convergence where Her waters meet the Pacific Ocean. Fed by the Pacific Ocean, our mountains and our inland tributaries, She cradles our islands and caresses our western shores. She is the feast upon which we feed, the place upon where we live, work and play.
Her Story carries us to distance places upon wave and wake, better known to fisherman, sailors, pullers and sea captains. Yet Her Story is softly whispered in the winds that fill our sails and to our children exploring Her rocky shores. It is a Story told by the trees and the rivers, the salmon and the bear. It is a Story that encompasses the richer history and highways of the ancient peoples and the newer, sadder stories of the arrival and settlement of newcomers. It is a Story sung by our Orcas.
Her Story is changing. Where once She received prayers of praise and gratitude, Her Story is now dominated with verses of violence and degradation. It is one that is fading away in the mists, from our minds and from our hearts. Soon, Her Story will be no more.
“This garden that we were blessed since the beginning of time, it always came back. We’ve been farmers of the sea since time immemorial. And now we are faced with the struggles that not only we face today but the orcas are facing today. So we need to step up. We are at the point right now where we don’t have much time . . .This is a battle for the soul of Xw’ullemy, the Salish Sea.”
~ Jay Julius, Tribal Council Chairman, Lummi Nation
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.
“The border with Canada doesn’t separate the life in the waters . . . If we want to restore and protect it, we all have to be better stewards . . . extend to the Salish Sea the same kind of courtesy you extend to the house that you live in . . . That’s what being a steward means, really, taking care of the house that you live in.”
~ Bert Webber, Professor Emeritus,
Huxley College, WWU
Join us, on land or by sea, as we gather together as an international coalition of Tribes/Nations, NGOs and the faith community raising one united voice to restore, protect and preserve the Salish Sea, for all life connected to it and its future generations. Special guest speakers will share words and wisdom to show us why and how to keep the Xw’ullemy alive, to preserve Her Story and Her being. Bring or wear red to show our solidarity and commitment to the Jewel of the Pacific Northwest–the Salish Sea.
“As Billy Frank said . . . we need to ‘point the canoe in a different direction’ than we did seven generations ago. We need to paddle together in a way that is intelligent and efficient, and we need to paddle hard.”
~ Coast Salish Gathering: The Future of the Salish Sea: A Call to Action, 2009
Together, we can point the canoe in the right direction.
Septebmber 27, 2019
Blaine Marine Park, Fishing Pier, Blaine, WA
For more information follow these websites: https://sacredsea.org.