Coastal First Nations Launch “Miác̓ i: Canned Salmon Music Festival” This October

“Miác̓i: Canned Salmon Music Festival”Celebrates Indigenous Stewardship and Culture - On December 4

Heiltsuk Territory, Bella Bella, BC and Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, BC—A new music festival launched by Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative will further introduce British Columbians to environmental stewardship of traditional territories and celebrate Indigenous-led conservation initiatives. Sponsored by Rogers Media, Miác̓i: Canned Salmon Music Festival features Indigenous artists from Bella Bella and Haida Gwaii. Recorded at Vancouver Art Gallery, the concert will be broadcast live online on Saturday, December 4 from 2.30pm — 10pm PST and is free for members of the public to experience.

Performers include Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Carsen Gray, Jason Camp and the Posers, Murray Porter, Candace Curr, Saltwater Hank, Hayley Wallis, Kristi Lane Sinclair, and more. Interviews with Indigenous leaders, artists and community members will also be curated for broadcast. A full lineup and schedule will be released later in November. 

Miác̓i is designed to share Indigenous stewardship principles with British Columbians, and to demonstrate the importance of healthy salmon to Coastal First Nations. The concert will also celebrate the Heiltsuk First Nation buying Shearwater: a sportfishing resort on Indigenous territory which will now be run by the Heiltsuk Nation as an ecotourism destination. 

Further information and tickets for members of the public can be found at: cannedsalmonmusicfest.com

About The Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative
The Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative promotes community self-sufficiency and sustainable economic development on BC’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii. Our communities are working together to build a strong, conservation-based economy that recognizes our Title and Rights, and protects our culture and ecosystems. We support: planning for marine and land resources in the Great Bear region, increased local control and management of forestry and fisheries, sustainable development through ecosystem-based management, capacity building in our communities, partnerships with government, industry, environmental groups and others. The Great Bear Initiative Society operates under the direction of a Board of Directors that approves an annual strategic plan for the organization. It has one representative from each of the nine member Nations.

Further information and tickets for members of the public can be found at:

For further information, or to interview Megan Humchitt, HTC Councilor and Chairperson for Shearwater Marine, contact:
Zoe Grams: zoe@salmonnation.net