Sturgeon release at Centennial Park

Natives from the Okanagan and the Shuswap converged on Revelstoke Wednesday for a sturgeon release ceremony at Centennial Park organized by the Splatsin Community of the Secwepemnc Nation. Young and old participated listened to drumming and singing and participated in ceremonies in honour of Earth Day, which is on Good Friday. Then they released some 500 young sturgeon into the Columbia River.

Here are some images from the event:

Members of the Splatzin First Nation came to Revelstoke on Wednesday where they released 500 young sturgeon into the Columbia River after a series of ceremonies. David F. Rooney photo
Young sturgeon await their imminent release. David F. Rooney photo
Natives sprinkle offerings of tobacco into the waters of the Columbia at Centennial Park. David F. Rooney
A woman releases a juvenile sturgeon into the river. David F. Rooney photo