Norm Van Vactor moved to Dillingham, Alaska after graduating high school in the Philippines and got a job as a deckhand on a tender. He spent much of his life on deck or in processing plants, eventually becoming president and CEO of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation. His is a story of a job search turned 40-year love affair with the place, the people and the salmon, which explains his fierce determination to protect what he loves.
Gayla Hoseth is a force of Nature. She is Second Chief of the Curyung Tribal Council and Director of Natural Resources with Bristol Bay Native Association. She describes growing up with the indigenous traditions that bind her and her people to the salmon, the water and the land of Bristol Bay. It's the force of those bonds that compel her and many others to stand up to the proposed Pebble Mine and the unconscionable threat it poses to the resource and her people’s subsistence way of life.