[Editor’s Note: Often passed, seldom visited by outsiders, British Columbia’s Central Coast is home to the continent’s longest-settled places and most enduring peoples. In 2012, a special team of Tyee Solutions Society reporters spent some time there. What they found there was a land and culture that has thrived for thousands of years. These are some of those stories. This reporting was produced by Tyee Solutions Society in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI). TCI neither influences nor endorses the particular content of TSS’s reporting.]
Recently re-opened, the N'usi Fish processing plant featured in the below video is just one of the strategies the Heiltsuk Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is using to guide the Heiltsuk toward a more prosperous future, one focused as much on family, community and the environment as profits.
Once dedicated solely to processing brief runs of salmon, the plant is being retooled under HEDC ownership to handle a wider range of sea products, from sea cucumbers to farmed scallops, in hope of turning it into a 12-month business.
To find out more about the HEDC and the compassionate way the Heiltsuk are navigating their way into the modern economy, see the companion story, On British Columbia's Central Coast, the Way Forward.
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