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FSWP: Building Stronger Relationships

Trail-blazers! Thanks to Chehalis First Nation and the BC Federation of Driftfishers, a new trail was created
for recreational anglers to reach prime fishing sites on the Harrison and Chehalis Rivers. This was a good
step towards better relations on the river.

When it comes to salmon, passions run deep in BC. Sometimes this can bring out the best in people — but it can also lead to misunderstandings or conflicts when interests or values clash. But can people turn that around? Absolutely!

Here are a few examples of work supported by the Fraser Salmon and Watersheds Program to build stronger working relationships, for the sake of wild salmon and the watersheds on which we all depend.

  • The Fraser Salmon Table helped First Nations, sport and commercial fishers and conservation groups in the lower Fraser come together to improve salmon stocks (notably Cultus Sockeye) and reduce conflicts over the Fraser fishery. Positive steps include a newly built trail to the Chehalis River for sports anglers, along with a parking lot and educational kiosks, thanks to leadership from Chehalis First Nation and the BC Federation of Driftfishers. Salmon Table members have worked to ease tensions among fishers and to encourage peaceful, respectful relations in sharing the river. See the YouTube video River Manners for more on this work.
  • The Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP) is a collaborative, multi-agency planning and management process for Shuswap and Mara Lakes. SLIPP was created in response to the intense pressure on the lakes from increased development, wastewater discharge and recreation. The SLIPP team worked up a strategic plan to change the development application process, water quality monitoring and public education. FSWP contributed funding support. Read more.
  • FRISP and the Salmon River Watershed Society have regularly shared their knowledge of restoration projects, providing assistance on technical implementation and stakeholder engagement. Their experience has helped other watershed groups in BC.
  • The “Pulling Together” initiative involved streamkeeper groups, First Nations and municipal governments to plan for protection of lower Fraser Coho. The plan introduces habitat compensation banking so as to allow larger habitat projects to receive funding.

The Sikh Academy and Deshmesh Darbar Sikh Temple in Surrey teamed up to create a Salmon Interpretive Park
by donating land along Bear Creek for restoration, education and inter-faith, inter-generational dialogue.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

FBC Project and
Partner Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351