June 25, 2017 – April 1, 2018

As part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations, the Sooke Region Museum is pleased to announce Seeking Salmon, an exhibit on the significance of salmon to humans and the Sooke region.

Salmon are incredibly valuable in many facets of our lives. In fact, “like no other animal, salmon interact with all human value systems; intrinsic, aesthetic, cultural, ecological, recreational, economic, spiritual, political, nutritional and social. There is no species more ‘valuable’ in Canada’s Pacific Ocean.”i This exhibit will take a look at how salmon impact many of these human value systems, specifically within the Sooke region. Several of the topics that will be explored in the exhibit include: industry and community growth, food sources and culinary arts, hatcheries, fishing, First Nations, cultural and spiritual practices, healthy streams, species protection, bi-catch, and art.

Visitors can expect to see artifacts, photographs, fishing equipment, metal sculptures and other art forms. In addition to using materials from our own collection, we welcome the Sooke community to share their treasures and photographs with us for display in this exhibit. In particular we are looking for unique and historical fishing equipment and art inspired by salmon.

One of our display goals is to build a replica ocean with swimming salmon, and other creatures using local metal art. If you would like to share your knowledge and objects with us, please contact curator Brianna Shambrook at the museum.

The exhibit will open at our annual Open House and salmon barbeque on Sunday June 25, 2017. Typically, our summer exhibits end in September; however, this year we have decided to extend the exhibit into 2018. The last day to see the display will be on Sunday April 1, 2018.