• Namu
  • British Columbia

Before we left the ship in the early morning, we sailed by a pod of humpback whales. We gathered on the bow to watch them blow and fluke. Later that morning, we visited Namu. First Nations people have occupied this site for over 10,000 years. In recent history, canneries were established, employing members of the Heiltsuk nation. The last cannery was closed in 1970, and Namu has slowly fallen into disrepair. It’s now completely abandoned. Insulation, batteries, fuel tanks and engine parts are decaying and leaking into the environment, making it unfit for habitation. Visiting this site sparked many conversations amongst our group about sustainable development.