It took a small, oily fish to create early travel, trade & settlement in BC. What can the grease trails teach us today?
Sparked by the oil of one small fish, BC’s first highways & settlement corridors were established. This was a fish (the eulachon) that on occasion held the balance between the life & death of communities in it’s oil, & it now struggles for it’s own survival, listed as endangered in many of it’s once rich spawning grounds in BC, in turn impacting the cultures of the First Nations communities whose way of life evolved around this fish & it’s valuable oil that created the Grease Trails of BC. Travelling those routes today, we explore BC’s indigenous knowledge & culture, & see how the First Nations communities along the Grease Trails have changed. We begin our journey starting with one of the healthiest eulachon spawning grounds in the heart of the Nisga’a territory in BC’s Nass Valley.
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