First Nations and Prince Rupert community celebrate arrival of salmon

The North Coast Indigenous event returned for its seventh year at the Civic Centre

The hallways of the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre were crowded as First Nations communities gathered together to celebrate the arrival of the spring salmon. The smell of smoked salmon filled one room where vendors were selling everything from salmon sandwiches to soups. Across the hall dancers were putting on performances, tapping their feet to the sound of their drums.

READ MORE: 7200 smolt released this year into the Oldfield Creek

“We are here to thank the creator for this food that our people have been utilizing since time immemorial,” said Ron Nyce, MC of the Salmon Fest 2019.

READ MORE: Nisga’a speakers in Prince Rupert silent no more

This is the seventh year Salmon Fest celebrates the coming harvest at the civic centre. The day began at 10:30 am a.m. with an opening ceremony and lasted twelve 12 hours, closing with a drum drill inviting everyone to come and participate in the music. Twelve different groups, including one composed of Bollywood fusion dancers, put on artistic drumming and dancing performances as spectators watched from the stands eating barbecued salmon.

Nyce said approximately 400 people were in attendance throughout the day. He is hopeful that it is contributing to the revitalization process of First Nation’s cultures and languages by exposing the rest of the community to their artwork and forms of dance.

“This day is about all First Nations,” he said. “We are salmon people.”

READ MORE: North Coast Indigenous communities celebrate salmon at festival


Jenna Cocullo | Journalist
Jenna Cocullo 
Send Jenna email
Like the The Northern View on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Smooth sailing expected on 14 major roads in Prince Rupert by end of summer

Construction underway with city’s $2.4 million paving budget

City of Prince Rupert seeking public input on Community Enhancement Grants

Survey now available to the public focusing on project priorities

Junior A hockey on the horizon for Prince Rupert player

Brett Fudger signs with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL

Break-in at Prince Rupert Post Office causes service delay

Office closed most of July 8 morning after overnight forced entry

Global Sports Bra Squad Day in Rupert

The event encourages athletes to run in whatever makes them comfortable regardless of shape or size

Olympic softball qualifier gets $150K boost from provincial government

2019 Americas Qualifier to be held in Surrey from Aug. 25-Sept. 1

Gas price inquiry questions Trans Mountain capacity, company denies collusion

The first of up to four days of oral hearings in the inquiry continue in Vancouver

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

Will you be celebrating national hotdog day with any of these crazy flavours?

The popularity of hotdogs spans generations, cultures

Former home of accused Penticton shooter vandalized

Ex-wife of man who is accused of murdering four people had her house vandalized

Survivor of near-drowning in B.C. lake viewing life through new eyes

“If I died that day, the baby wouldn’t know his dad,” said 31-year-old Mariano Santander-Melo.

‘Beyond the call’: Teen in police custody gets birthday surprise by B.C. Mountie

Unusual celebration started when Staff Sgt. Paul Vadik went to visit the teen in his Coquitlam cell

Thunderstorms forecast across B.C.

Environment Canada has issued a thunderstorm watch for B.C.’s central Interior

Most Read