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In Their Words : The Story of BC Packers
European men would have had the best paying jobs at Steveston's Vancouver Cannery in 1912
These European men would have had the best paying jobs at Steveston's Vancouver Cannery in 1912.
British Columbia Archives, E-00101.
European men would have had the best paying jobs at Steveston's Vancouver Cannery in 1912 This 1940s crew of cannery men and women was made up almost entirely of people of European heritage

Europeans in the Industry

Men of European ancestry founded British Columbia's salmon canning industry.

The first Fraser River cannery owners were Scottish, English and American businessmen. Many had made their fortunes in the gold rushes of California and British Columbia. By the 1890s, the salmon business became like a new gold rush. Wealthy European men such as Alexander Ewen, E.A. Wadhams, M.M. English, J.A. Laidlaw and T.E. Ladner, became leading canners. These men were connected to money and markets in the United States and England, necessary to the industry's growth and success. From the very beginning, ownership and control of the industry was in the hands of powerful, wealthy men of European descent.

To learn about the history of Europeans in the industry click here

To learn about the different types of work performed by Europeans in the industry click here.

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