Open-net fish farm tenures will be reviewed: Horgan

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Fish farm on BC coast.

Amy Smart, Times Colonist, October 19, 2017

Premier John Horgan said Wednesday the province will review open-net fish farm tenures to ensure wild salmon don’t face “obstacles” along migratory routes.

“We are going to be reviewing tenures, consistent with the Cohen Commission recommendations, to ensure migratory routes for wild salmon are clear of obstacles or any other deterrents,” Horgan said. Read the rest of this entry

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B.C. fish farm injunctions against protestors lifted

fish farm get out bannerby Laurie Hamelin, APTN National News, October 18, 2017

Injunctions against three First Nations activists protesting a fish farm off the northern coast of Vancouver Island was temporarily suspended Wednesday by the company.

Marine Harvest Canada, the owner of Port Elizabeth Fish Farm, was officially occupied by activists Sunday night. Read the rest of this entry

Tensions rise in fish farm dispute

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RCMP officers, one wearing a mask, during discussion with fish farm opponents, October 2017.

David Suzuki and BC Chiefs lend support for Fish Farm protests

by Hanna Petersen, North Island Gazette, October 18, 2017

Three fish farm protestors have been summoned to court for their participation in the occupation of three Marine Harvest fish farms off the coast of Vancouver Island.

The injunctions were served by the RCMP on Monday, just days after a gathering that included renowned Canadian scientist David Suzuki, Chiefs representing a number of BC First Nations, and local supporters near Swanson Island was held to voice support for the occupation. Read the rest of this entry

Fish Farm Protest Camp in Victoria by Kwakwaka’wakw Grandmother

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Inside one of the tents outside of BC Premier’s John Horgan’s constituency office protesting against fish farms.

October 16, 2017 (Langford, Lekwungen Territories)

Kwakwaka’wakw grandmother and salmon protector Tsastilqualus Umbas from Yalis (Alert Bay) is ramping up support for her relatives at the Namgis and Musgamag’w fish farm occupations that have now continued for over 50 days—as well as the third occupation just launched at the Port Elizabeth farm.

She has committed to peacefully occupy the land next to Premier’s John Horgan’s constituency office until the NDP revokes tenure for fish farms: “Our demands are very simple and very important, close the fish farms and take them out of our waters; commit to cancel the tenures now”. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge backtracks on decision to seize assets from environmental group

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No Enbridge, art by Andy Everson, Kwakwaka’wakw.

Staff at the Vancouver office of an environmental group got an unexpected visit on Tuesday from sheriffs who were holding court documents authorizing them to seize the organization’s assets on behalf of Enbridge.

Karen Mahon with Stand.earth, formerly known as Forest Ethics, said the documents authorized the sheriffs to take and sell all of their assets to recover money owed to the pipeline giant. Read the rest of this entry

Tensions rise between RCMP and First Nations against fish farms

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RCMP escorting fish farm vessel, October 2017.

by Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Cleansing Our Waters, October 17, 2017

For Immediate Release

RCMP, Marine Harvest, and Department of Fisheries and Oceans has just arrived on site to where Members from six First Nations of the Kwakwaka’wakw have been occupying fish farms, in their territorial waters for nearly two months near Alert Bay, B.C.

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Indigenous rights ‘serious obstacle’ to Kinder Morgan pipeline, report says

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Secwepemc activist Kanahus Manuel in front of a tiny house being built in the path of Kinder Morgan pipeline’s planned route through her Nation’s territory in British Columbia, Canada. Photograph: Ian Willms/Greenpeace

Pipeline company downplaying major legal and financial risks of crossing unceded First Nations territory in British Columbia

by Martin Lukacs, The Guardian, October 16, 2017

The controversial expansion of a pipeline that would carry tar sands crude from Alberta to British Columbia’s coast will be doomed by the rising power of Indigenous land rights.

That’s the message that Kanahus Manuel, an Indigenous activist from the Secwepemc Nation in central BC, plans to deliver to banks financing the project as she travels through Europe this week. Read the rest of this entry

Enbridge spurs raid on environmentalist group Stand’s Vancouver offices to seize assets

Enbridge Stand raid 1by Derrick Penner, Vancouver Sun, October 17, 2017

The environmental organization Stand reports that bailiffs showed up at its downtown Vancouver office this morning with orders on behalf of Enbridge to seize assets related to a 2014 Federal Court of Appeal judgment that awarded the pipeline giant court costs. Read the rest of this entry

Enhanced training, support rolls out for Indigenous search and rescue

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Ahousaht First Nation boats patrol an area near where the whale-watching boat Leviathan II sank near Tofino on Oct. 26, 2016.

Federal government promised to create Indigenous auxiliary to Coast Guard Search and Rescue

CBC News, October 16, 2017

Indigenous communities on the B.C. coast have been recognized for their role in saving lives in recent marine disasters.

Now, a shipping container at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Victoria, full of search and rescue equipment and supplies, will help them to do that job. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nation declares local ban on moose hunt

moose‘We are alarmed that the province has failed to take action,” says ?Esdilagh First Nation

CBC News, October 16, 2017

The small First Nation community of ?Esdilagh in Quesnel, B.C., has declared a ban on harvesting moose within its traditional territory, in a move, it says, addresses gaps in the provincial government’s response. Read the rest of this entry