PHOTO ESSAY: BC’s Enduring Central Coast

Koeye Centre in Bella Bella
The big house at Koeye, home to a Heiltsuk cultural camp for youth.


Heiltsuk petroglyph
This rock painting, found within Heiltsuk traditional territory in Port John, appears
to depict a human figure in a canoe — next to a large fish or whale. Photo: Kai Nagata.


Sea Lions on Central Coast
Almost every form of life on BC’s Central Coast depends on nourishment from the
sea. Photo: Kai Nagata.


Wolf tracks on a beach on the Central Coast
Here, even wolves go fishing. These prints turned up on Calvert Island during the
team’s visit. Photo: Kai Nagata.


Heiltsuk Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt cleans a rock cod
In Bella Bella, Heiltsuk Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt prepares to clean a
rock cod. Photo: Kai Nagata.


Home canning salmon on the Central Coast
Across town, the Duncan-McConechy family is home-canning fresh sockeye.
Photo: Stephanie Brown.


Eagle eats salmon on Central Coast
The remnants are left out for ravens and eagles. Photo: Kai Nagata.


Fish decomposing into the forest on Central Coast
On a trail several hundred metres inland, a stray chunk of fish is quietly becoming
fertilizer. Fish becomes land. Photo: Kai Nagata.


At the Good Hope cannery in Rivers Inlet, punch cards were the old-fashioned way
to keep track of workers’ output.


Bella Bella fish plant
Back in Bella Bella, the N’usi Seafood processing plant has been renovated and
reopened, suddenly employing 85 people. Photo: Stephanie Brown.


Fish trap on Central Coast
In nearby Evans Arm, Heiltsuk Archaeologist Xanius, Elroy White, stands inside
an ancient but well-preserved stone salmon trap. Photo: Stephanie Brown.