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COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Chinook Salmon (Okanagan population) in Canada

Special Significance of the Species

Okanagan chinook comprise the only remaining population of Columbia basin chinook salmon that spawns in Canada and are genetically distinct from all other Canadian populations. This population may also represent a significant portion of the remaining genetic diversity of Upper Columbia River chinook salmon. The Okanagan chinook has had a significant historic role in the lives of First Nations peoples for hundreds (if not thousands) of years, and the Okanagan Nation Alliance is attempting to ensure its survival into the future.