The Pull of the Net exhibit celebrates the importance of Canada’s commercial fishing industries on both the East and West Coasts of Canada. It is a colourful, family-friendly exhibit that touches on some big topics such as Aboriginal fishing traditions, immigration, fisheries management, and the diversification of the industry over time.
To delve deeper into these topics, local experts will share their perspectives and insight on these topics with a 4-part speakers’ series on Saturday afternoons through the summer. The second of the series will be presented Saturday July 15th from 2 to 3:30pm. Admission is FREE.
The fishing industry attracted many people from around the world to the coast of British Columbia. Along the Lower Fraser with its concentration of canneries, the cultural diversity was especially influential historically. Richmond councillor Harold Steves and local historian Bud Sakamoto will discuss how the cultural diversity in the labour force shaped the local industry regarding fishing methods, innovations, and labour organizing.