The Fraser River has been significant life source since time immemorial. Providing chief spawning grounds for wild salmon and rich nutrients to the land it travels through the Fraser River is a valuable resource. The wild salmon are a vital food source for my community. “Ancient legendary stories reveal how the Matsqui tribe was founded by a man named Sk-Ele’yitl who, along with his son, was transformed into Beaver by Xá:ls the legendary transformer. Beaver was responsible for ensuring that the sockeye salmon were available to all of the Sto:lo communities on the Fraser River.” Due to being overfished and poor habitat, salmon stocks continue to diminish. This is a major concern for the Matsqui people. Wild salmon has been a staple in our diet for centuries. In a society driven by consumerism the fraser river salmon are in trouble! Matsqui First Nation is continuously exploring ways to maintain sustainable fishing. To ensure we have wild salmon for generations to come. This includes care for the environment. As a fisherman I was taught to only take what I need and respect the land as it provides me with many great things. The focus of my project is to teach the youth in my community the importance of sustainable living. This will include teachings of natural medicines, healthy foods, along with cultural activities.
I will be exploring ways to shed light on this issue. In hopes of inspiring people to take action in the pursuit of sustainable living.