Salmon people (Print)

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“Salmon People”
The natural beauty, fresh air and green spaces of Port Moody BC reminds us of our
privilege to live in these Coast Salish Lands and Waters. Our city is mapped by trails
through dense forests, beside an ocean filled with wildlife and around pristine lakes
where we take our children to swim. Every Fall the Salmon make their journey up
these rivers and creeks. Every Spring the Bears return to gorge on the many plants
and berries that continue to grow here for thousands of years. During the “Welcome
Post Project” Knowledge Keepers shared many stories with our community about
this land long before it was named Port Moody. We heard about a history when the
ocean was clean and families from different nations would come here to collect
clams. Archeological sites all along the shoreline mark the spots where these Coast
Salish ancestors have gathered. All around the inlet there were village sites of the
Tsleil Waututh and the Kwekwitlem First Nation. People hunted Elk , gathered
medicines, and fished.
James’ Harry’s image of the two salmon comes from the “Welcome Post Project”. It is
based on the house post that was designed by James in collaboration with our
community. The house post tells a story about what we learned during the Welcome
Post project and is an expression of things we value about living in Port Moody. Like
the Salmon, we rely on the beauty of this land, on clean running creeks, forests and
fresh air for our well-being and standard of living. We understand that as current
residents of these Coast Salish Lands and Waters are joining the legacy of being
Salmon People and we share a sacred responsibility to continue to care for these
waters, these forests, the Salmon and all of our relations.