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BC Rivers Day Vanderhoof, BC

The BC Rivers Day is a free community event in Vanderhoof that celebrates our rivers through watershed stewardship, environmental education and community involvement.  This is an annual event held on the last Sunday in September.

Save Our Sturgeon (SOS), Vanderhoof

A popular outreach event our first Save Our Sturgeon (SOS) event took place in October 2006, where 1100 school children from School District 91 each released a pilot-hatchery reared 4 month old juvenile sturgeon into the Nechako River. This event took place again in 2007 and 2008 where 900-1100 juvenile sturgeon were released at each event. Read more.

Click to read the CBC Radio announcement in English and Carrier.


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Save Our Sturgeon (SOS), Vanderhoof

Unfortunately due to funding constraints in 2009 there was no funding for the pilot hatchery and therefore no juveniles to release that year. The Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (NWSRI), which the CSTC is a member of, decided to continue the annual SOS event, so they organized a day for school children to have fun, learn about white sturgeon biology, conservation and water quality in the Nechako River. In 2010 funding constraints meant we had no coordinator, no hatchery facility and therefore no event was held. In 2011 despite funding constraints meaning no hatchery facility, the NWSRI decided to hold a SOS Spring Spawning celebration. The event was attended by 300 people on May 29, 2011. Three male adult sturgeon were released back into the Nechako River. Late May to mid-June is when wild spawning usually takes place for Nechako White Sturgeon near Vanderhoof.

UPDATE: Funding to build a Conservation facility for Nechako White Sturgeon was announced in April 2013 and construction began in May 2013. On June 17, 2014 the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC (FFSBC) in co-operation with the NWSRI held a grand Opening for the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre. By rearing and holding the juveniles until the following Spring, they can grow to a size large enough to escape most predators, before they are released. Over 1200 sturgeon were reared and held overwinter in 2014 until the Spring release event, where 1200 school kids took part on May 4, 2015. Now that the Conservation Centre is built we will have a Spring Release Event every year for the foreseeable future.

CBC Radio

Sept. 24, 2008
CBC Radio announcement in English and Carrier

In September Christina Ciesielski, Sr. Fisheries technician and Thomas Pierre, Economic Development met with Allana Stuart at CBC radio to record a public announcement regarding the plight of the Nechako White Sturgeon and the upcoming SOS: Save Our Sturgeon juvenile release Oct 1-2, 2008.


The Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative will be hosting the 3rd Annual "Save Our Sturgeon" event.  It will be held on October 1st and 2nd between 9:30-3:00 by the bird viewing tower in Riverside Park, in Vanderhoof.  Come out and watch 1200 kids release a juvenile sturgeon into the Nechako River. For more information call Carla Wainwright at 250-612-5846.

Hadih, yinka whut’en-ne!
Hello everyone!

Nyoo lhekwecho gak whenindzeh
These sturgeon do not run.

'Et huwa ts' oodunne lhhunahootadulh.
So the children are going to come together.

'Anih nohts' uyutni.
We say to you "come".

Ts' oodunne lhekwcho tanahutililh.
The children are going to put sturgeon back into the water.

Lhoh ooza' ilho 'ink'e nanki
October 1st and 2nd

Vanderhoof 9:30am to 3:30pm. 'Awet za.
In Vanderhoof from 9:30am to 3:30pm. That's all.