Following the Grease Trails: BC’s Nass Valley - Then and Now

    Pitch Video

    It took a small, oily fish to create early travel, trade & settlement in BC. What can the grease trails teach us today?

    Genre: Documentary
    Target Audience: Adults
    Target Length: 20 minutes
    Budget: $50,000

    Created By

    Erica Hargreave ,  British-Columbia


    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.


    Facebook Page
    A National Geographic Article on the ‘Salvation Fish’
    A Bit of History on the Grease Trails from the RBC Museum
    Home of the Nisga'a Nations

    The Team

    I smile when I look at this award-winning team of storytellers. They are creative, talented, excellent problem solvers, hardworking, and a joy to work with. At present, we are looking for storytellers from Northern BC. We'd love to hear from you.