Research and Resources
The Chehalis Indian Band commissioned this project to gather traditional knowledge on the Harrison River chum fishery that may contribute to management practices consistent with the Wild Salmon Policy. Traditional knowledge of the chum fishery was obtained through formal and informal interviews with Chehalis participants. Guiding the interviews were four major research questions:
1) where were chum harvested in the Harrison River?;2) what tools, traps and methods were used to harvest chum and in what locations were they implemented?;
3) during which months or periods of the run were chum harvested?; and,
4) what purposes were specific chum runs put to and was this related to specific characteristics in the run?.
This report also includes archaeological data relating to the Harrison River salmon fishery excavated from the site of Chocolate Bar (DhRl-2) on the Harrison River. The wood and bone spears, ground slate knives and salmon remains recovered from this rock shelter site provide evidence for the long-term use of traditional fishing locations, harvesting techniques and processing practices. Combined, the archaeology and traditional knowledge reveal a practise that is central Chehalis culture and economy.
This report presents the results of discussions, consultations, negotiations and collaboration between the Ministry of Forests and Range (MFR), Chilliwack Forest District (CFD), and the Chehalis Indian Band on a ‘Policy Pilot Project’ between January 2007 and March 2008, regarding aboriginal spiritual areas and forest management, concerning the Chehalis Indian Band’s July 2006 declaration of Kweh-Kwuch-Hum (Mt. Woodside) as a ‘Spiritually Sensitive Designated Area’, which was proclaimed by the Band in July 2006.