Project lead, Salmon Parks Network
Eric works with the Mowachaht/Muchalaht and Nuchatlaht First Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island as the project lead for the Salmon Parks Network, an Indigenous-led response to the catastrophic collapse of salmon ecosystems in MMFN and Nuchatlaht territories due to decades of indiscriminate resource extraction.
Eric has strong ties to the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations, formed during his five years as Program Manager for Uu-a-thluk, the fisheries department of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. During his time with the NTC, Eric was heavily involved in oceans-related research and governance. Highlights include the establishment of the Tang.ɢwan — ḥačxʷiqak — Tsig̱is Marine Protected Area and the creation of the Haida – Nuu-chah-nulth Oceans Dialogue Forum. Eric holds a Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, where he collaborated with the United Fishermen and Allied Workers Union on a project to examine the social and ecological sustainability of salmon fisheries on the Skeena River.
In the mid-1990s, shortly after graduating from Queen’s University with an M.A. in history, Eric started Public History Inc. with several fellow historians. Since that time, Eric has been regularly employed as a researcher and historian specializing in First Nations history, an area of expertise that strongly informs his current focus on Indigenous-led conservation.