With field season upon us, the herring spawn has finally arrived in Heiltsuk Territory…

There’s an excitement in the air this time of year. We’re weeks away from the start of our annual bear monitoring work  – up and down the coast we’re preparing boats, de-winterizing field stations, and in Victoria a small army of Raincoasters is madly purchasing and assembling the mountains of gear needed for our coming field season.

Here in Bella Bella, the herring spawn has finally arrived. This yearly event marks the end of starvation for land and sea species alike, and provides an important fishery for people in the Heiltsuk and neighbouring Nations.