Eddie Gardner, a Stó:lō Elder from the Skwah First Nation in Chilliwack B.C., is elder-in-residence with University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). Eddie works tirelessly to inform the public about the health risks and the threat to wild salmon posed by net-pen fish farms, and to challenge retailers to adopt a sustainable seafood policy that protects their customers.

In June of 2013 Eddie organized and spearheaded a Gala Fundraising Dinner – a hugely successful event that raised funding for and public awareness of the need to protect Wild Salmon. A pioneer of Boycott Rallies in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland, throughout 2013 (and ongoing into 2014) Eddie Gardner has organized and led Farmed Salmon Boycotts in Chilliwack and Abbotsford – as well as supporting new Boycott chapters in Duncan, Nanaimo, Burnaby, Coquitlam and North Vancouver. His Rallies have also inspired Boycott startups in Cranbrook, Kamloops, and Kelowna, and as far away as Halifax Nova Scotia.

Eddie is a shining example of the leadership coming forth across Canada from First Nations peoples. He actively supports the work being done to reverse the reckless expansion of fossil fuel extraction and transportation, and energetically participates and speaks at Idle No More and First Nations solidarity Events such as Elsipogtog. But Eddie’s passion and first love remains with Wild Salmon – clearly evidenced by his Chilliwack-famous fish-mobile (car). Eddie Gardner is truly a Wild Salmon Champion.