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In Their Words : The Story of BC Packers
First Nations man in canoe on North Arm of the Fraser River
First Nations man in canoe on North Arm of the Fraser River.
City of Richmond Archives, 1977 2 25.
First Nations man in canoe on North Arm of the Fraser River

First Nations in the Industry

When the first salmon canneries were built on the Fraser River, First Nations peoples made up the initial workforce.

Coast Salish peoples had for centuries occupied seasonal villages at the Fraser River's mouth, in and around present-day Steveston. The excellent fishing grounds contributed a variety of fish to feed First Nations peoples throughout the year. Salmon was the most important fish. They fished sockeye in summer, then coho, pink and chum in fall. While the men looked after catching the fish, the women looked after preparing it for winter use.

To learn more about the history of First Nations in the industry click here.

To learn about the work that First Nations people did in the industry click here.

To learn about how First Nations people lived at the canneries click here.

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