Film Screening and Panel—Treaty Talks: Paddling Up the Columbia River for People and Salmon

Date: April 18th, 2018

Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Where: University of Victoria, David Turpin Building, Room A110

Cost: Free

Join us for a screening of the short film Treaty Talks: Paddling up the Columbia River for People and Salmon. The film takes us on a 1243-mile journey from the ocean to the source of the Columbia River in five dugout canoes. At a time when the renegotiation of the 1964 Canada-US Columbia River Treaty is at a pivotal state, we hear conversations between shareholders of the river and see the efforts of citizens working to restore historic salmon runs.

A moderated panel discussion and audience Q&A will follow the film with panellists Jay Johnson (Chief Negotiator and Senior Policy Advisor, Okanagan Nation Alliance), Kathy Eichenberger (Executive Director, Columbia River Treaty Review, B.C. Government), and Jesse Baltutis (Graduate Fellow at the University of Victoria’s Centre for Global Studies and Water, Innovation, and Global Governance Lab).

Rosie Simms (Project Manager and Researcher, POLIS Water Sustainability Project) will moderate the discussion, focused on the upcoming renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty, the role of Indigenous nations in a modernized treaty, and the numerous issues that have emerged since the treaty was introduced—including ecosystem integrity, cultural flows, Indigenous values, and climate change.


This event is being hosted by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance; Centre for Global Studies; University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre; First Nations Fisheries Council; POLIS Water Sustainability Project; Water, Innovation, and Global Governance Lab (WIGG); Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN); and Watershed Watch Salmon Society.

RSVPs are not required but are appreciated. Please email [email protected].