Fish Camp Brings Aboriginal History to Life

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Visitors to Huble Homestead Historic Site in Prince George can visit replicas of the original General Store, a trapper's cabin and blacksmith shop, and now they can walk through a First Nations fish camp as well. The Huble Homestead-Giscome Portage Heritage Society worked with the Lheidli T'enneh Band to create the fish camp, which showcases the achievements and contributions made by Aboriginal people in the area.

The first project of its kind in Prince George, the First Nations Fish Camp recreates a typical fish camp from the 1920s. Members of the Lheidli T'enneh Band are employed at the Fish Camp and are actively sharing their cultural experiences with the community. The project received funding from 2010 Legacies Now's Innovations program.

"We wish to continue our partnership with the Lheidli T'enneh in order to provide members of the band with employment at the historic site as heritage interpreters," said Krystal Etter, operations manager for Huble Homestead. "And we want to provide a venue where the band can educate the public on aspects of their cultural heritage."

The First Nations Fish Camp will remain a working component of the existing historical interpretive site at Huble Homestead, providing families in the Prince George region and visitors to the area with access to a low-cost educational activity and a wealth of information on local First Nations groups.

"The Society would like to thank 2010 Legacies Now for its generous contribution to this project," said Etter. "Though the Fish Camp is still a work in progress, it has been well received and we are eager to continue incorporating it as fully as possible into our traditional operations."

Innovations invests in arts, cultural and heritage organizations wishing to create new opportunities for community members to participate in arts and cultural activities. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.