Salmon are a lifeblood of northwestern BC

Salmon are interwoven into the fabric of northwestern BC. The Stikine, Nass and Skeena—the origins of which form what is called the Sacred Headwaters—and other rivers provide vast networks for salmon and steelhead returning deep into the region to spawn.

Salmon feed the cultural and economic lifeblood of the region. They play a vital role in First Nations’ ceremonies, governance, Indigenous law and education. The process of fishing—preparing the nets, going to the river with parents and children, catching and smoking the salmon—sustains Indigenous language and tradition.

Protecting wild salmon is crucial to the economies, cultures and environment

Many of northwestern BC’s watersheds remain healthy but salmon populations are being threatened by cumulative impacts from industrial development, climate change and other factors.

Northern Confluence works to protect the region’s salmon watersheds. We support scientific research, advocate for stronger provincial and federal safeguards, and call for land use planning that recognizes First Nations rights and title.

Sockey salmon swimming upstream
Salmon fishing in Kispiox River Nikki Skuce