The Sockeye Mother

The Sockeye Mother

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To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the sockeye salmon is more than just a source of food. Over its life cycle, it nourishes the very land and forests that the Skeena River runs through and where the Gitxsan make their home. The Sockeye Mother explores how the animals, water, soil, and seasons are all intertwined.


  • Winner, Science Writers and Communicators of Canada book award 2017
  • Winner, McNally Robinson Book for Young People Awards, Younger Category 2018
  • Nominated, Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction 2018


Highly recommended!

Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature

Huson eloquently conveys the fragile interconnectedness of the natural world and the moral imperative to protect it.

Publishers Weekly

A wonderful exploration of science and culture with many ties to curricula. A top selection for nonfiction collections.

Meaghan Nichols, Ontario School Library Journal

An excellent addition to curriculums that tie scientific principles to cultural practices; the work should be embraced by libraries to help educate readers about the Gitxsan.

Kirkus Reviews

Accessible to fluent readers in the late primary and intermediate grades, this book is a rich source of information and fits well with the Social Studies and Science curriculum.

Brenda Boreham, Canadian Teacher Magazine