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VIDEO: Bella Bella's Revitalized Fish Plant

Recently reopened, the processing centre taps into the coastal abundance and hints at a resilient future. A report on the future of BC's Enduring Central Coast.

By Stephanie Brown and Kai Nagata 2 Nov 2012 | TheTyee.ca

Stephanie Brown is a Montreal-based producer formerly of the National Film Board and most recently spent a year abroad working with Burmese NGOs on human rights advocacy projects. She is a proud bilingual Métis.

Kai Nagata is a Vancouver-based videographer. Formerly the Tyee's Writer In Residence, he also held positions at CTV and CBC. Both sides of his family have lived and worked in British Columbia for a century.

This article was produced by Tyee Solutions Society in collaboration with Tides Canada Initiatives (TCI). TCI neither influences nor endorses the particular content of TSS' reporting. Other publications wishing to publish this story or other Tyee Solutions Society-produced articles, please see this website for contacts and information.

[Editor's note: Earlier this year, a special team of Tyee Solutions Society reporters spent some time on B.C.'s Central Coast. Follow their reports through this series.]

Recently re-opened, the N'usi Fish processing plant featured in the above video is just one of the strategies the Heiltsuk Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) is using to guide the Heiltsuk toward a more prosperous future, one focused as much on family, community and the environment as profits.

Once dedicated solely to processing brief runs of salmon, the plant is being retooled under HEDC ownership to handle a wider range of sea products, from sea cucumbers to farmed scallops, in hope of turning it into a 12-month business.

To find out more about the HEDC and the compassionate way the Heiltsuk are navigating their way into the modern economy, see today's companion story, On BC's Central Coast, the Way Forward.  [Tyee]

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