Orca Month in June is a chance to celebrate one of our region’s most iconic wildlife species, but also an opportunity to reflect on the plight of these fragile creatures.
Working together from all corners of the Salish Sea, we can restore the habitat orcas – and humans – call home. Join us for a month of educational and celebratory events to raise awareness of the threats facing our Southern Resident orca population and what we can do to protect them.
To our fellow conservationists and orca and salmon protectors,
The members of the Orca Salmon Alliance (OSA) believe it is critical to acknowledge and reflect deeply upon the systemic racism and police brutality against Black people in our country. These injustices are a result of the same social and political inequalities that unfairly place Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander and other communities of color on the front lines of toxic pollution and environmental burdens across the U.S. These burdens do not exist in isolation. As the quality of life for people of color living in environmental justice communities continues to be threatened, the health of the Pacific Northwest’s most iconic species – our Chinook salmon and Southern Resident orcas – is also at risk.
We stand in solidarity with Black communities, and demand an immediate end to the systemic violence against Black people, the unequal policing of Black and Brown communities, and the need to hold our governments accountable in the killing of Black people and people of color.
Being accountable calls for transparency, and as such, we also recognize that like many other environmental organizations in the region, our OSA coalition members are from historically white-led organizations. The collective whiteness of our respective organizations and as a coalition is a constant reminder that we need to do more to be allies in the fight against systemic racism and white supremacy in all its forms. This requires transforming not just the institutions we are a part of, but acknowledging that our predominantly white organizations are a part of the problem.
As we continue to reflect, educate ourselves, and take the steps necessary to become effective allies in defense of Black communities and movements led by Black, Hispanic, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other communities of color, please consider supporting the following organizations
Orca Salmon Alliance
Along with the health of the Southern Residents, the health of our community is our top priority.
We’ve been monitoring the relevant local, state, and federal COVID-19 regulations and guidance as we make decisions regarding Orca Month, traditionally held during June.
Given the current regulations in place we’ve decided to move this June’s Orca Action Month to a virtual format. We’ll work hard to bring you 30 days of Southern Resident orca recovery and support from a safe distance. Kind of like how we keep our distance from the orcas to help them stay safe!
The “Orca Action Month Kick off Festival” has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 27th and will be renamed “Fin Fest” this year in an effort to highlight the important relationship of orcas and the salmon they need to survive. The festival will still take place at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park. We will be incorporating any needed protocols to align with the state’s regulations on social distancing in order to help protect the health of our communities.
We will continue to update the events on the Orca Month event page and Facebook page with any rescheduled or new virtual events so please keep checking back often! We hope you will join us online in June and in person in September to celebrate and educate for the recovery of the Southern Resident orcas.
– The Orca Salmon Alliance