Salmon summit set for March

Feb 21, 2002, vol.23, no.4

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For years, Canada and the U.S. have struggled to establish a mutually acceptable policy on the Pacific salmon fishery.

On March 11, about 100 elementary school students from both sides of the border will share their solutions when they meet for the Pacific Salmon summit at the Morris J. Wosk centre for dialogue in Vancouver. Youth delegations from Canada, Washington State and Alaska will stand in each other's shoes to negotiate common ground for the creation of a tri-lateral Pacific salmon treaty.

Students from Seattle, Washington and Ketchikan, Alaska will act as the Canadian delegation, while students from Vancouver will be the Washington delegation. Another group of students, from Prince Rupert, will represent Alaskan delegates.

Selected representatives from various stakeholder groups and the governments of the three jurisdictions will attend the summit as observers.

A webcast, together with a concurrent online forum, will allow a much wider group of students and other interested parties to participate in the dialogue and contribute their suggestions and ideas to the process.

Organizers say through the project, young participants learn about the complex, interlocking issues affecting the Pacific salmon fishery and gain a greater understanding of the concerns of their cross-border neighbours.
The summit is an initiative of 7th Floor Media at SFU (formerly Excite), which develops a wide range of educational and cultural content for interactive media.

The day-long event is the culmination of six months of online and classroom activities involving students from each region.
Their collaborative efforts and proposed solutions to the issues facing their communities can be found online.

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