The 2019 image for our Keeping It Living Campaign is a photograph we are calling “Looking Up” by Eiko Jones. It features a ladder scaling the 440 meter steel wall of the Kus-kus-sum site. The wall has been nicknamed “the killing wall” due to its use by seals to prey efficiently on salmon which must pass by it on their migration out to the ocean as smolts and again on their way up the Puntledge, Morrison and Tsolum rivers to spawn. The shot was taken underwater looking up the ladder.
In addition to this being an intriguing photo from a unique perspective, it speaks to where we are in the fundraising campaign to purchase and restore the Kus-kus-sum site. We still have to raise $170,000 from the community before the end of the year in addition to the millions we need to garner from other sources. However, our community has coalesced around us – the goal is in sight and we are climbing the ladder together.
- Over 2700 people have contributed to the Kus-kus-sum initiative.
- We have raised over $1 million.
- The Estuary Angel is matching the next $100,000 of community donations.
- We have a variety of funding applications of the go.
- It is looking up.