North Pacific Cannery National Historic Site
First Nations Housing
First Nations communities from along the coast as well as the interior of BC travelled to canneries such as North Pacific each summer to work, and made up a significant part of the workforce throughout canning history. Though cannery villages were diverse, workspaces and living quarters were divided on ethno-cultural lines. Within the First Nations Village, housing was segregated further amongst different communities. Unlike workers of Japanese and Chinese descent, entire families of First Nations lived and worked here. Men worked primarily as fishermen, and women worked in the cannery washing fish and filling cans. Children contributed to menial tasks in the cannery, as well as childcare and cooking at home.