Artist Gordon Halloran based this painting on a historical photograph from the Sechelt Community Archives. The photograph was commissioned and staged as a publicity shot by settler and entrepreneur Herbert Whitaker. The image features men displaying a catch of salmon on the wharf in Trail Bay, c. 1912. The photograph was sent for display at Canada House in London, England in hopes of attracting tourists and potential land buyers to the Sunshine Coast. The names of the shíshálh men were not recorded at the time the photo was taken.
In 2020/21, the District of Sechelt worked with the shíshálh Nation and elders to learn the names of the other men in the photograph. Pictured from left to right: Unknown youth; Caspar (Caspal) John; Unknown man; Thomas Patrick O’Kelly; s-kwakweim Joe LeDaly; ʔantwal Jim Alec; and Bert Hurst.
ʔulnumshchalap / thank you to xwash Feschuk, híwus Craigan, tetalus Santiago, and Kimberley Latimer for their assistance with this project.