A Multicultural Industry
From its beginning in the 1870s until the present day, British Columbia's fishing industry has provided employment to thousands of people of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
During nearly 100 years of operation along the coast of British Columbia, BC Packers employed men and women of First Nations, Chinese, Japanese, Indo-Canadian and countless European origins. Each group played a significant role in the industry. Over time, a great mix of cultural communities grew up around the canneries on the Fraser River at Steveston.
Click on the links above to learn more about the company and the roles the various ethnic communities played in the history of BC Packers and in British Columbia's fishing and processing industry.