Clean-up is now underway at Namu, a once thriving fish cannery and village on BC’s central coast.
About 35km south of Bella Bella, the site is near a historically important village for the Heiltsuk First Nation.
Heiltsuk Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt Sr. says it was a long road to get to this point.
When Heiltsuk ancestral remains were repatriated from Simon Fraser University, they were brought back to Namu.
But more recently, the Namu cannery was still an important place for the Heiltsuk.
Humchitt says there’s still a lot of work to be done at the site.
Humchitt was instrumental in getting clean-up efforts off the ground after the cannery and site was abandoned.