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All Our Relations Tribute to the Orca

You’re invited to the All Our Relations: Tribute to the Orca on June 12 from 6:30 – 9:30pm at the Seattle Aquarium! Doors will open at 6:30pm for a simple reception and the program will begin shortly after 7:00pm. Tribute to the Orca is presented by Se’Si’Le, with support from SOS and other allied NGOs and faith-based partners. This powerful evening will feature Indigenous leaders from the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia to share their expertise and wisdom and help us re-imagine our relationship with Nature. Speakers will explore inter-weaving issues to increase awareness of their ancient kinship with the orca, the salmon, and their heritage of honoring our caretaker: Mother Nature.

The evening will include a special focus on the endangered Southern Resident orcas whose survival, like the survival of Indigenous lifeways, depends on scha’enexw (the Salmon People). We will hear from Indigenous leaders from across the region speak to the sacred obligation to past and future generations and shed light on their ancient covenant with 'all our relations' in the air, on the land, and in the waters.

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6:30pm Doors open for a reception with light appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks

7:15 Welcome by Ken Workman, Duwamish Tribal Councilmember

7:25 Transboundary Perspectives: Action and Activism for the Orca

The View from Sakhalin Island (Russian Far East)
Dmitry Lisitsyn, Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient & Former Director of Sakhalin Environment Watch

Orca, Salmon and Indigenous Lifeways on the Columbia River
Chairman Shannon Wheeler, Nez Perce Tribe

q̓əlɬanəməcən (“Orca”) and the Fraser River First Nations
Reuben George, Sundance Chief | Member of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation (British Columbia)

8:15 Caring for Our Relatives on Behalf of the Creation

Leonard Forsman, Chairman, Suquamish Tribe | President of the Affiliated
Tribes of Northwest Indians

8:35 Honoring Song for the Orca

Chenoa Egawa, Member of the Lummi Nation

8:45 Reflections on the Life, Lesson and Legacies of Skali’Chelh-tenaut (aka Tokitae)

Jay Julius, Member of the Lummi Nation | President of Se’Si’Le

9:00 So You Want to be Involved

Alyssa Macy, Citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
CEO of Washington Conservation Action

9:10 Closing Remarks

9:15 Post Program Mingling

9:30 Event Concludes

Reach out to Abby Dalke,, with any questions.

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