The Artic Char: Salvelinus alpinus
Above a latitude of 64 degrees North, all arctic char winter in coastal waters moving into rivers to spawn. Below this latitude they also inhabit cold, deep lakes many evolving into distinct varieties varying greatly in size and coloration. Sea-run char grow to about twenty-six pounds while lake char usually reach about eight pounds. They are a favorite of anglers. The wondrous colors here come with the hormonal change during spawning. They have long been a food source for First Nations and these two represent the colourful world of these northern fishers. Their totems and art evolving from the real colours and wonders of nature.