UpStream Episode 3: Life Blood of the Skeena


Salmon are the life blood of the Skeena, these incredible fined, elite athletes of the ocean, swim thousands of kilometres just to return to whence them came, spawn and die, supporting thousands of people and communities along the way. The Skeena is Canada’s second largest salmon producing system. And one of the worlds last. Although Climate Change, habitat degradation and over fishing have greatly impacted Skeena salmon over the last century, it is still an intact and healthy watershed.

For several millennia, salmon supported Indigenous groups and Nations all along the North pacific coast, salmon are the cornerstone of their communities and stories, and supported diets and ancient economies. When the first Europeans arrived they were struck by the abundance of salmon and its importance. It has sustained life here for many generations.

Today we’ll hear from Algax’m Hax of the Gitwilgyoots Tribe and Chief Na’Moks of the Wet’suwet’en, they both have deep knowledge, history and connection to the Skeena and salmon. They also know how to tell a good story….