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In Their Words : The Story of BC Packers
A chinese-candian worker at the paramount cannery
The history of Namu Plant from BC Packers Annual Report
The history of Namu Plant from BC Packers Annual Report, 1939.
City of Richmond Archives Series 1, File 9
The history of Namu Plant from BC Packers Annual Report Click to hear a selected Barker Letter The history of Namu Plant from BC Packers' Annual Report, 1939 Click to hear a selected Barker Letter

The 1940s to 1960s were busy years for British Columbia’s fish canning and processing industry.

In fish canneries like BC Packers' Imperial Plant in Steveston and Namu Plant on the central coast, salmon canning and herring reduction were the main activities. But there were many others that kept people employed at canneries throughout the year. It was an era of people and machines. Men and women worked alongside a vast array of fully automated machines in a noisy, fast-paced environment. The jobs were often difficult and repetitious. The conditions were often cold and wet. Along with the challenges and the struggles of a working life in the cannery, most workers remember the friendships, the good times, and the hard work that went into making an honest dollar.

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