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Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood LP is a First Nation owned seafood enterprise that operates on Vancouver Island’s pristine West Coast. Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood offers planning and management support to our Nations and their community members in various aspects of fisheries and aquaculture.

Our Story

A sustainable seafood business with seafood access through licenses and quota, Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood also provides seafood development guidance and training opportunities to its membership. In November 2015, five of the Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Nations purchased majority share in Nanaimo’s St. Jean’s Smokehouse and Cannery. This strategic initiative provided Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Nations processing, sales and marketing capacity. Building on this venture, Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood is currently developing an authentic Aboriginal branded seafood product line.

Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood coordinates expertise and facilitates access to funding for our Nations to complete feasibility studies and business plans. We pursue industry and processing partnerships, seafood sales, vessel purchases, and aquaculture ventures. We access a variety of funding opportunities to facilitate specific training initiatives. Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood maintains a database of deckhands and vessel owners to assist with employment matching.

Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood is leading by example for many Aboriginal communities interested in seafood harvesting and production. To learn more or discuss potential business and partnership opportunities, contact us at

St. Jean’s Cannery thriving with Nuu-chah-nulth owners

It’s been smooth sailing since the NCN Cannery Corporation, owned by a group from Nuu-Chah-Nulth First Nations, joined St. Jean’s Cannery and Smokehouse last year as the company’s majority shareholder.

Vision, Guiding Principles and Mission

NSLP is a values-based seafood enterprise formed by its member Nations to provide opportunity, wealth creation, and sustainable resource management for current and future community members.


NSLP strives to be a leading vertically integrated seafood enterprise that generates wealth and supports career development for partner communities.


NSLP is guided by the following Nuu-chah-nulth principles:

  1. hish-uk ts’a-walk: everything is one, everything is interconnected
  2. iisaak: greater respect with caring
  3. uu-a-thluk: taking care for future generations

NSLP is a vertically integrated Indigenous seafood enterprise that generates prosperity for partner communities through investment and participation in the commercial fishery, aquaculture, seafood processing and retail sectors.

Our Partners

Thank you to the Strategic Partnership Initiative for showcasing NSLP success, and providing us with this amazing video!

Leading by example

“Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood is leading by example for many Aboriginal communities interested in seafood harvesting and production.”

Discover Gratitude Seafood

This is more than an invitation to enjoy delicious seafood. It’s an invitation to join us on our journey. A journey that began thousands of years ago from a place we’ve long called home — Canada and the Pacific Northwest. 

Taking care is the sum total of the Nuu-cha-nulth principles of interconnectedness and respect. Our core values of sustainability, community, health and gratitude provide the foundation for taking care of ourselves, each other and the environment.



Discover St.Jean’s

St. Jean’s online and retail stores feature the very best wild smoked salmon, candied salmon, albacore tuna, smoked oysters, and hand-packed canned seafood on the the west coast.

While St. Jean’s Cannery & Smokehouse in Nanaimo, B.C. is widely known for producing Pacific seafood for more than 50 years, its story as a family business starts back in eastern Canada, pre-World War I.




#2-3653 3rd Avenue
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 4E7

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