Native fishers used the tide off the Sidney shores to drive the salmon into a reef net made of cedar rope. Reef nets have been used by Chris' People since time immemorial, and were last used in the 1920s.
The reef net design incorporates the salmon around the net and a central face expressing humble appreciation of the bounty of the sea. The four salmon heads around the face invoke the four seasons. The central hole mirrors the design of the reef net which has a hole to allow the smaller salmon through, thus ensuring the future of the catch.
The inspiration for three of this year's designs came from the historical importance of the local city of Sidney to the Tsartlip people. Sidney is the only local place where the tides run in such a way that reef netting of sockeye salmon was successful. Taken together the three pieces link to tell a story; from the birth of the salmon in "Salmon Egg" through the harvesting of the salmon in "Reef Net" to the death of the salmon after spawning and their consumption by eagles in "Two Eagles". It is intentional that in none of the designs is the human element dominant.