Rivers Inlet

  • Rivers Inlet
  • British Columbia

We spent the day in Rivers Inlet on the territory of the Wuikinuxv Nation. What an incredible place. Rivers Inlet is one of the smallest and most remote communities we will visit on the entire expedition, with a population of about 60 people. And yet, it’s a busy place with lots going on.
In the morning, community members welcomed us in the Big House. We joined them for a sharing circle around a crackling cedar fire. We shared about our project, our lives, and learned more about Rivers Inlet. In the afternoon, we saw some of the inspiring projects the community is working on. We visited the run-of-river hydro project, which will soon provide clean energy to 97% of the community starting in December, and will allow the community to shut down their diesel generator electricity plant. We also went to to the salmon hatchery. The local river is famous for large chinook salmon — fish weighing up to 90 lbs have been caught. We learned that protecting wild salmon stocks is an important priority for the community. As part of their work at the hatchery, they harvest and fertilize the eggs from 40 female salmon in the autumn, which leads to releasing up to 300,000 salmon fry the next spring. In the early evening, we joined the Rivers Inlet community for dinner and a cultural exchange. Expedition Leader Geoff Green shared about where we’ve travelled and what we’ve learned and Canada C3 musicians Tim Baker and Sarah Harmer performed. The local community then performed traditional dances and songs of the Wuikinuxv people. It was inspiring to visit such a unique part of the British Columbian Central Coast. Thank you so much to the community of Rivers Inlet for generously hosting us.