Keely Weget-Whitney’s Rivershed Story
“Under a haze of wildfire smoke and with her ancestors watching from above, Keely Weget-Whitney steps into the frigid and fast-moving waters of the Fraser River with one goal in mind: make people care. Join the 25-year-old member of the Stl’atl’imx First Nation as she embarks on a 60 kilometre swim to bring awareness to the depleting number of wild salmon and its impacts on her culture and the environment. “I just feel that if I care, a young Indigenous Stl’atl’imx mother, people will reflect on that, and they’ll say why am I not caring, what can I do for a change?” As she battles the strong current and her own self doubt, Keely encourages us all to come together to make change.”
Keely Weget-Whitney is a graduate of the Rivershed Society of BC’s 2011 Sustainable Living Leadership Program (SLLP). On Sunday, August 6th, 2017, Keely Weget-Whitney swam the Fraser River from Lillooet to the Stein River. The film (For the Love of Salmon) tells Keely’s story.
Saturday, July 14 – Okanagan Indie Film Fest – Kelowna, BC
August 5 to 28 – FraserFEST events – TBD
Sunday, September 21 – Rivers Day events – TBD
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