Salmon Project

Canning & Reconciliation

Led by shíshálh Nation elders, this project brings community together in the kitchen, in a series of hands-on work days to learn, share, connect, and safely preserve the annual Salmon bounty.

These intimate days in the kitchen are about passing knowledge from generation to generation, story-telling, connecting to the local and sacred traditions of calling the salmon home, preserving the bounty, and giving gratitude. They’re about reconciliation – gently building relationships, bridges and mutual respect, growing to a place where we not only see each other, but truly honour what each is bringing to the table. In this case, quite literally the kitchen table.

Led by two generations of elders, Xwu’p’a’lich Barb Higgins and Kwa’tle’maht Holly Ann Higgins, the Salmon Project is a series of casual hands-on days in the kitchen, learning, canning the harvest, chopping, and chatting, reminiscent of the village days gone by. Many days, we have the honour of hearing stories of revered memory-keeper, author, and respected elder, Xwu’p’a’lich Barb Higgins, of the local land, waters, and people.

We can almost smell the fire-smoked fish on the salty beaches of these tales.

This project is made possible by our partners & supporters

Founding Partner

Event details & sign-up

The Sockeye return home to our creeks and rivers in August and September! Join us in the fall.

Sessions are full days (5-6 hours), and include all stages of salmon preparation & pressure canning, a full lunch, and canned salmon to take home.

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The best way to support this work is to donate. Your monthly gift provides critical stability for ongoing operations, and ensures we can be innovative, plan well, be inclusive, reach the people that need it the most, communicate to our stakeholders, and protect these community resources.

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Membership supports our work and keeps you connected, but you also get perks like local discounts, VIP early ticket sales to things like long table dinners & foodbox sales!

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By volunteering with us you are contributing to food security on the coast, and ensuring we can continue to do good work in the community!

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