Native protesters moving on fish farms in wake of landmark decision recognizing First Nations land rights
By Richard Zussman, CBC News, August 27, 2016
Fish farms along British Columbia’s West Coast have been at the centre of political and environmental battles for years, but this time it’s a two-year-old legal decision that’s behind the string of recent protests by First Nations against the industry. Read the rest of this entry
Confrontations between the salmon feedlot industry and indigenous communities continue to escalate. On August 23rd, the Yaakswiis warriors were arrested in Ahousaht, near Tofino, preventing the transfer of diseased smolts into a net pen. Their elected leadership has signed off on farms yet the community is growing in its resistance to the feedlots that kill their wild salmon.
Statement by Crow, Ancestral Pride, August 24, 2016
By now many have been informed of the opposition towards Cermaq fish farm Dixon Bay site where a small group of people in a vessel tried to prevent the barge transporting smolts of Atlantic salmon to the Dixon Bay site. Three individuals were detained by RCMP and then released upon promise to appear November 7th in Tofino. Another individual was served papers to appear in court the same day. Read the rest of this entry
Update Sept 22, 2015: According to members of the Ahousaht, Cermaq has now removed their fish farm pens from Yaakswiis
PRESS RELEASE, September 21, 2015
Today at 6 am, the Yaakswiis Warriors and their supporters went to witness the removal of the Cermaq fish farm pens from the Yaakswiis site in anticipation of the fulfillment of a verbal agreement made between Lennie John and James Costello of Cermaq would, “at first light,” bring out a barge and tugboat and remove the pens & anchors. After first light came and went, the Yaakswiis Warriors tried numerous times to contact the Chief and Council as well as Cermaq to inquire as to what the hold up was on the arrival of the barge and crew. Chief and Council as well as Cermaq did not answer the calls, no contact was made.
When Cermaq tried to anchor a new farm in Ahousaht territory in a bay called Yaakswiis, Ahousaht people stepped on the farm and told the Cermaq crew to leave (see previous post). Thus began a 9 – day occupation of the farm, meetings between Ahousaht and their leadership and support from hundreds of people throughout British Columbia, Canada and beyond. There was a rally of support in Vancouver on September 18. Read the rest of this entry
By Denise Titian, Ha-Shilth-Sa, September 15, 2015
A small group of fish farm protesters calling themselves Ahousaht Muuschim and supporters accepted an invitation to meet with Ahousaht leadership and other band members at the Thunderbird Hall Sept. 14.
Tyee Ha’wilth (head chief) Lewis Maquinna George extended the invitation after protesters blocked the installation of Cermaq’s salmon farm just north of Ahousaht.
Chief Councillor Greg Louie spoke to Ha-Shilth-Sa immediately following the meeting, which included employees of Cermaq who are Ahousaht members. Read the rest of this entry
by Alexandra Morton, Vimeo, Sept 12, 2015
People around the world have tried to protect their home waters from salmon farms for 20 years. On September 9, 2015 Ahousaht people stepped onto a fish farm as it was trying to anchor to their territory and told the crew to leave.