“One House. One Heart. One Prayer.” These are the words that motivate the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance and its quest to protect and restore the Salish Sea and the communities surrounding it. A coalition of First Nations from British Columbia, Washington State Tribes, and a myriad of regional collaborators across vast sectors of the community, the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance is on its way to make history as members promote the signing of the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea on September 22.

Soundkeeper is excited to join the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance as a collaborating partner in our united efforts to keep our waters clean and our communities safe from the hazards of an oil spill. September 7 will mark the official launch of the Alliance as members gather at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center at Discovery Park in Seattle for a ceremony and an open forum to address the challenges we are facing from the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan Alberta Tar Sands pipelines, tankers, and other fossil fuel threats on Coast Salish territories and waters. We urge you to join us in what is sure to be a great event, with ample opportunity to make cross-Alliance connections grounded in the common cause of protecting our communities.

Attending the gathering will be tribal and First Nations leadership, environmental activists, fishers, farmers, ranchers, and other members of the community. The gathering will also include a salmon bake, with corn, salad, and fresh sockeye salmon prepared by a local salmon master.

The gathering will be the first of several events throughout the month of September to promote the Treaty signing on September 22. The objective of the Treaty is simple: promote cross-cultural and international action to heighten awareness of the increased risks and threats to the Salish Sea. This Treaty is a call for unprecedented unified action to protect and restore the Salish Sea.

The Treaty signing will be preceded by “Four Days of Action,” a combination of educational and promotional events to bring attention to the Treaty and engage our communities in understanding the issues and possible solutions. Soundkeeper is proud to support these events and participate as a member of the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance, and we encourage you to do the same!

Join us on September 7 to learn more about the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance, the Four Days of Action, and the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea.

Event Details:

Date: Sunday, September 7
Time: 2:00 – 7:00 pm
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center
Discovery Park
3801 W Government Way
Seattle, WA 98199

The hosts are asking $20 to cover event costs. However, no one will be turned away. You can purchase tickets to the event here. For more information and to RSVP, visit the event page or view the official invite.

Photo courtesy of Jon Ramer.