First Fish Ceremony educates and feeds

Simpcw First Nation hosts pit barbecue next to Raft River to celebrate the return of the salmon

Simpcw First Nation council member Tina Donald (r) lays trays of food into a traditional pit oven next to the former federal Fisheries office in Clearwater.

Simpcw First Nation council member Tina Donald (r) lays trays of food into a traditional pit oven next to the former federal Fisheries office in Clearwater.

Simpcw First Nation council member Tina Donald (r) lays trays of food into a traditional pit oven next to the former federal Fisheries office in Clearwater.

She and other members of the band were getting ready for the First Fish Ceremony, which was held Wednesday, Aug. 27 by the Raft River salmon viewing platform.

Below: District of Clearwater councillor Ken Kjenstad (l) helps members of Simpcw First Nation put out food for the First Fish Ceremony.

A good-sized crowd turned out to learn about First Nations culture and to enjoy the traditionally cooked salmon (all by donation). This was the 10th year in a row the ceremony has been held in modern times.

First Fish tent