Government cover-ups, health risks and economic threats have all been rolled together in the latest documentary to come through the Shuswap, stopping for a screening in Celista.
Salmon Confidential follows a discovery made by biologist Alexandra Morton while providing insight into the inner workings of government agencies, as well as rare footage of the bureaucrats tasked with managing the province’s fish and the safety of its food.
“For years, Alexandra Morton has soldiered on providing evidence of, and calling for action on the catastrophic state of wild salmon,” stated David Suzuki in a news release. “Government and industries have thwarted her over and over again. This film clearly documents that governments do not put protection of wild salmon at the top of their prioities and Canadians should be outraged. I am.”
The film, which will be screened at the North Shuswap Community Hall, April 29, documents Morton’s journey as she attempts to overcome government and industry roadblocks thrown in her path, and works to bring critical information to the public in time to save B.C.’s wild salmon.
“It is critical that people hear what is happening to this essential fish and why,” Morton says.
“We don’t have to be helpless bystanders as government tries to bury the evidence. The careers of all who research these European viruses in B.C. are under attack, but disease in salmon cannot be a federal secret any longer if we want wild salmon to be here for our children.”
The website associated with the documentary, www.salmonconfidential.ca, provides information on the viruses, the impacts they will have and more.
All those interested in viewing the documentary may do so at the Celista screening, hosted by the Adams River Salmon Society. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the documentary is set to begin at 7 p.m.