I’ve been on B.C.’s north coast for almost two weeks now. Haisla territory begins and ends with the sea. The Kitimat Estuary is a teaming ecosystem with immense diversity and unmatched fragility. Marine eden.
The estuary drains into the head of the Douglas Channel, stretching far into the distance, framed by shallow mountain and coastal rain-forests. The water here is clear, gleaming with a shade of emerald. Seals can be seen of a local point in the spring sun. Humpbacks breach with lightening speed. The inhabitance here have lived off the land for several millennia. Settlers too have benefited from all the sea provides for centuries, even with such abuse, still the sea provides.