Stó:lō, Dakelh, Lhtakoh, ?Elhdaqox. A river of such length has an equally long history. Long before the river’s current namesake explorer, Simon Fraser, ever arrived, Indigenous communities were shaped and were shaped by the river, of various names, and its salmon.
Although salmon populations spawn in areas throughout this enormous watershed, all must pass through the lower river and estuary. Many populations rely heavily on the estuary as a nursery for their juvenile life stage before embarking on their seaward migration and eventual return.
Raincoast is doing lots of work to protect and enhance the Fraser River and it’s estuary.
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