Vigil for Endangered Salmon

Start: Saturday, November 20, 202112:00 PM

End: Saturday, November 20, 2021 2:00 PM

November 20 marks 30 years since the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe petitioned to list the Pacific Northwest's keystone species under protection on the Endangered Species Act (ESA). After three decades of failed recovery attempts costing billions of dollars, wild Columbia River Basin salmon are closer than ever to extinction.

Join friends, neighbors, and fellow Northwesterners to highlight the plight of critically endangered wild salmon and let all leaders know it's time to step up to honor the social and environmental justice for which they as public officials are responsible.

The loss of wild salmon is an existential threat to Indigenous peoples, fisheries, economies, and communities throughout the Northwest. The 30 years of relentless keystone species decline also jeopardizes 130 other fish and wildlife populations - including the Southern Resident orca that rely on Chinook salmon as a primary food.

This year, Northwest public officials are finally engaged in a joint federal-state process with a goal of determining the best path forward for the Columbia River Basin. But time is of the essence, no more kicking the can down the road. Undeniable scientific research concludes that restoration of the Pacific Northwest ecosystem requires a free-flowing lower Snake River.

Join in downtown Portland at 5:00p.m. The vigil lights up on the corner of Main and Broadway with activities that will feature illuminated props and opportunities to engage in that community on the south shores of the Columbia.

** Gathering is rain or shine and will include a walk along the shore of the Columbia with a tribal blessing on the waters. Then up to the Farmers Market to enjoy in community outreach. **

** Bring warm rain gear and comfortable shoes. **

COVID - 19 Restrictions
Masks are required, but in compliance with Washington policy, no capacity limitations or physical distancing requirements for outdoor events are in effect.