‘We’re the ones that have to live here’: Heiltsuk still feel impact of fuel spill
1 year after Nathan E. Stewart sank off Bella Bella, First Nation says clam beds still contaminated
By Bethany Lindsay, CBC News, October 13, 2017
A year after a sinking tug spilled thousands of litres of fuel into the waters off Bella Bella, B.C., members of the Heiltsuk First Nation say their valuable clam beds are still contaminated. Read the rest of this entry
Bella Bella herring fishery to re-open with much smaller catch
Agreement comes after First Nation’s occupation of DFO offices in March 2015
By Radio West, CBC News, Jan 19, 2016
Less than a year after members of the Heiltsuk First Nation occupied federal fisheries offices in Bella Bella, the two parties have reached an agreement over the Pacific herring fishery.
Last March the Department of Fisheries and Oceans opened up the herring roe fishery in the Spiller Channel, which the Heiltsuk Tribal Council said should have remained closed to preserve herring stocks. Read the rest of this entry
RCMP descend on Heiltsuk community to “keep the peace” in herring fishery row
By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun,
The federal government has chosen a remote stretch of B.C. coastline to square off against aboriginals in a fight over an imminent commercial roe-herring fishery.
Federal fisheries minister Gail Shea is being blamed for an escalating conflict over a forthcoming commercial gillnet fishery that has resulted in RCMP descending on B.C.’s central coast to guard against potential interference by Heiltsuk natives.
Bella Bella Oil Pipeline Hearings Cancelled
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April 2,2012 Bella Bella – In a surprising development the National Energy Board Joint Review Panel has cancelled today’s hearings in a remote coastal community of Bella Bella after peaceful demonstrations greets panel members at the local airport.
“This is extremely disappointing and unwarranted,” said Ian McAllister of Pacific Wild. “I attended the community gathering and all participants conducted themselves in a peaceful and dignified manner.” Read the rest of this entry