Local students joined with the Cascumpec Bay Watershed Association and Abegweit Conservation Society to release salmon fry at Bloomfield Park recently.
The Fish Friend Program involved 13 students from Ecole Pierre Chiasson and 30 from Bloomfield Elementary School.
Eliza Star Child Knockwood, Indigenous outreach and education manager for the Abegweit Conservation Society’s Plamu’k na Kitapina’q (Salmon are our Friends) Program, spoke on the important relationship between salmon and the Mi’kmaq people, and how fish populations are under pressure.
The release began with a smudging ceremony performed by Lennox Island elder Gilbert Sark. Mr. Sark blessed the salmon, the water, and the students. The students recited a prayer, “Water I love you, Water I thank you, Water I respect you”, then proceeded to the highlight of the event – releasing the salmon fry.
The whole event was conducted under the watchful eyes of two mature bald eagles soaring overhead.