Video by Stephanie Brown and Kai Nagata
Take a tour of the N'usi fish processing plant.

Video: Bella Bella's Revitalized Fish Plant

[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.

Read more in this series:

British Columbia's Enduring Central Coast

Video: Bringing the Ancestors Home

Sifting Evidence with British Columbia’s Ancient Civilization Sleuths

Video: Stone Fish Traps Explained

Ghosts Towns and Living Defenders: A Coastal Timeline

Hakai Beach Institute: A Science Hub for BC's Central Coast

Coastal People's Past Powers Their Political Future

On British Columbia's Central Coast, the Way Forward

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