Prince George Fish Camp Shares Lessons in Culture and History

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The Huble Homestead and Giscome Portage Heritage built a traditional First Nations’ fish camp as a living history interpretive site on the location of an original 1920s fishing camp. Included were drying racks, a traditional canoe, tents, boat dock, and a smoke house containing 55 ceramic salmon. Approximately 7,200 visitors visited the camp construction, with 12,000 people viewing the completed canoe and drying racks at the Prince George Exhibition. In 2006, more than 8,000 people had access to the Fish Camp for educational, scholarly and recreational purposes. The Fish Camp has helped bridge a gap between two cultures in the Prince George region: First Nations and European settlers – enabling them to come together to represent a shared past.

The project, thanks to $14,000 in funding from Innovations, was the first of its kind, and employed members of the local Lheidli T’enneh Band. Families in the Prince George region were able to access the low-cost educational activity, along with a wealth of information on local First Nations groups. The Fish Camp now serves as a venue for living history interpretation of First Nations culture, showcasing the contributions to the Giscome Portage and Huble Homestead.

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.