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Celebrating the salmon

Celebrating the salmon

The Sechelt Indian Band invited everyone last Saturday to share the salmon harvest and, at times, it seemed that everyone HAD turned up.

A crowd of close to 500 people came out in the rain for a salmon feast at the band offices.

The band called it a “salmon festival” and it lived up to the name.

The visitors were treated to singing and dancing, as well as a demonstration – by elder James Dixon – of the ancient technique of cooking salmon on cedar stakes over an open fire.

Candace Campo, the MC for the event, said it was the first of what is hoped will be an annual event.

“It’s been a pretty good year for the sockeye,” Campo said.

The concept is to share the abundance with the community, after the band elders and families have been supplied with their food fish.

The cooks barbequed 25 sockeye and 16 chum, which was served with side dishes and refreshments, catered by CasPier Catering

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