‘Cúagilákv (Jess Housty) is a mother, writer, and community organizer from the Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) Nation. Through her work as the executive director of Qqs (Eyes) Projects Society, she supports land-based healing and education initiatives by and for the Haíɫzaqv people. She lives in her unceded ancestral homelands in the village of Bella Bella, British Columbia.
By ‘Cúagilákv (Jess Housty), Hakai Magazine
The salmonberry plant has nourished and healed Indigenous communities of the Pacific Northwest coast for countless generations, but its significance goes far beyond its value as food.