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.

Event details & sign-up

The Sockeye return home to our creeks and rivers in August and September! Join us in the fall. These events typically fill quickly. Waitlists help us plan for future events.

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. Bring apron & hair tied back.

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This project is made possible by our founding partner, The Sunshine Coast Credit Union, and supported by the United Way BC and Xwesam/Roberts Creek Community Association.


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