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Donnie Wesley, Lax-Kw'alaams

"Fishing has paid my way in society. It's been a lifeline for me and my family and members of my community since I was a young child."

Donnie Wesley has been fishing the Nass and Skeena rivers, and the entire coast of British Columbia, for more than 50 years. Now, he says there are maybe 13 boats left commercially that could "turn the key and go out fishing."

Below, he reflects on his career as a commercial harvester in Lax-Kw'alaams and the decline of fish in these waters since the 1970s. 


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