Friends of Morice-Bulkley

About FOMB

We are a group of local Bulkley Valley residents, your friends and neigbours, and we’re deeply committed to fostering sustainability and protecting Bulkley Morice wild salmon. We participated in the review and public debate regarding the Enbridge Northern Gateway oil pipeline along the Morice River, Pacific Northwest LNG terminal in the Skeena estuary and other potentially harmful industrial proposals.

First Nations and northern communities have a history of standing up in defence of wild salmon and years of success in defeating Enbridge and Pacific Northwest LNG have proven that collectively we are a powerful force. But new industrial development proposals continue to threaten the place that we call home. Our current work is focused on addressing Allegiance Coal's proposal for a metallurgical coal mine near Telkwa.

We invite you to join us in protecting wild salmon of the Morice-Bulkley and Skeena Rivers. Check out our What You Can Do page.

 

FAQ: Why do you call yourselves Friends of Morice-Bulkley instead of Morice and Bulkley? The Father Morice Story.

The Morice and Bulkley are really one river, which was given two names in a mapping error a century ago. Father Adrian G. Morice (1859-1938), for whom Moricetown is named, was both a missionary and scientist. In his 19 years in the Central Interior, he explored and described the headwaters of the Bulkley River; the name Bulkley had been established by earlier explorers. His map was accepted by the provincial government as the first official map of the area and was printed in 1907.

It was Morice’s contention that the river that now bears his name was the true Bulkley River, and in his original map, he so labeled it. He assigned his own name to the smaller tributary stream that enters from the east near present-day Houston.  Much to Morice’s disappointment, the provincial government, for unknown reasons, switched the names on subsequent maps.   Despite considerable historic controversy, the province has never corrected the error.

So, today, we are left with the Bulkley River, inexplicably changing names near Houston to the Morice River. The smaller river east of Houston is often referred to as the ‘Upper’ Bulkley River to distinguish it from the larger mainstem.

Sources: Morice, Adrian G. 1906. The History of the Northern Interior of British Columbia. Reprinted 1978 by Interior Stationery, Smithers, B.C.
                Large, R. Geddes. 1957. The Skeena- River of Destiny.  Mitchell Press Ltd. Vancouver