ICL and the Idaho salmon coalition encourage you to participate in this event!
Last year more than 400 people from throughout the Pacific Northwest came together and paddled 6 miles in support of the return of a free-flowing lower Snake River. This year, in recognition of the first Nimiipuu tribal canoe in nearly a century, the flotilla will focus on tribal land and tradition. Canoe families from sovereign tribes across the Northwest will gather on the Clearwater River and paddle downstream through the heart of Lewiston and Clarkston toward Chief Timothy Park on the Snake River. There, hundreds of nontribal salmon advocates will join them on the water for a display of solidarity and a resounding call to “FREE THE SNAKE!”
Renowned environmental activist and writer Winona LaDuke will join the flotilla as a guest of Nimiipuu Protecting the Environment and give the keynote speech afterward. Winona’s efforts rebuilding indigenous communities and fighting dirty energy projects have earned her international acclaim. The partnership with Winona LaDuke and Honor the Earth brings lower Snake River dam removal into focus as a tribal treaty rights issue of great significance to indigenous communities the world over.
Join salmon advocates on Friday for outdoor activities, educational opportunities, and music from artists to be announced. (Check the Free the Snake website for coming details on Friday activities.) Stick around after the flotilla on Saturday to hear from Winona LaDuke and camp out with fellow river and salmon advocates.
Learn more about ICL’s work to protect Idaho’s salmon and steelhead.