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Feb 21 2010

e-mail to Red Cross

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To: The International Red Cross February 21st 2010

Dear Sir,
This is my third e-mail to your organization. 2 e-mails went to a Canadian regional address. I have not had a response. I am posting this on my Internet blog: www.priscillajudd/thexpress. I started the blog to raise awareness of people in British Columbia who struggle with starvation so please respond in a timely fashion.

The problem of depleted salmon stocks:
First Nations communities in Canada have a legal and historical right to harvest salmon. 74 Native communities past Hell’s Gate on the Frazer River rely on Sockeye salmon – it is their main source of food but salmon did not return last fall, they may be extinct.

This lack of salmon was taken seriously by Canada’s Federal Government who commissioned an Inquiry. See reply e-mail from the Honourable Gerry Ritz on my blog.

I have been collecting donations of canned salmon to help the Siska First Nations Community who rely on sustainable harvest of natural products to feed and support themselves. People in Vernon, Cherryville and Lumby have sent 141 cans of wild salmon but canned food contains large amounts of salt and may not be the best thing for starving people. The Siska people may know if there is anything that can replace their traditional diet of salmon. I am trying to get that information.

I alerted the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) about the Siska food crisis. The DFO replied in liability language using the term “alleged” lack of social services.

This may be the first time in Canada that a natural food source simply disappeared. Remote First Nation Communities do not have access to urban food banks and recently the Federal Government cut back First Nation funding, which is sad news indeed.

Please investigate this food crisis and assist the young and elderly who sic endure, (according to Bill Chui who has been there) described it as “almost unknown suffering”.

Please reply promptly.

Thank you very much for your world wide rescue work.

Priscilla Judd
my e-mail address: contact@priscillajudd.ca/thexpress

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