On British Columbia's Coast, salmon are life.
In traveling the length of British Columbia's coast, from Prince Rupert to the southern tip of Vancouver Island, I met many people who depended on salmon.
First, there were the Kitasoo-Xai'xais workers at the Marine Harvest processing plant in Klemtu, a divisive operation among the nations of the coast, given Marine Harvest's history of using open-net pens in the ocean, placed among wild fish.
Then there were the school children in Bella Bella, who gathered around long wooden tables to learn their people's traditional methods of preparation and preservation during the annual Salmon Festival.
And then there was the North Pacific Cannery in Port Edward, a national historic site and remnant of the thousands of canneries that once dotted the Pacific Coast, before the salmon started disappearing.