Monthly Archives: October 2014

The First Nation traditional salmon fishery was sustainable

This sketch of a weir is from Dawson’s 1891 Notes on the Shuswap People and was from photo taken of the Nicola River in 1889.

As thousands of people flock to the Adams River to witness another major sockeye run, it is important to reflect on how salmon were fundamental to the lives of the Secwepemc people, as well as the early fur traders who depended on dried salmon to survive the winters. The traditional fishing methods used by the First Nations were both efficient and sustainable, unlike the fisheries that supported the large industrial canneries over 100 years ago.

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Return to Humamilt Lake

This map of the lake shows wetlands (in white) and protected old growth management areas (in brown) – Note the two narrow passages and the islands

Located about one and half-hours east of the Adams River bridge, the 12-kilometre long Humamilt Lake is by far the best small lake in the Shuswap for paddling. We canoed the east half of the lake in 2006 and on September 21st we returned to paddle the west half and enjoy what was a warm and sunny end of summer. The diversity of the shoreline amazed us, with its towering rock bluffs, wetlands, beaver dams and lodges, and massive old growth Douglas fir trees.

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