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DFO shuts down herring row fishery, citing First Nations reconciliation

Herring Roe Tlingit Alaska

A Tlingit in Alaska gathering Herring roe,.

by Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, March 3, 2018

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has agreed to cancel this year’s commercial roe herring fishery on B.C.’s central coast, citing the federal government’s commitment to reconciliation with First Nations. Read the rest of this entry

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Arrests at DFO office over fish farm protest

From Noah Stewart via Facebook, March 1, 2018

Today, three indigenous womxn were arrested outside of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans office on unceded WSANEC territory. Two are currently being held overnight at the Saanich Police station. If you are able, please please show up to show we care. We will be holding space there tonight. In addition, people are asked to come down to the DFO office, 4250 Commerce Circle, beginning first thing in the morning tomorrow for continued presence as previously planned. Read the rest of this entry

Two Native women arrested after locking DFO offices

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Tsastilqualus is arrested by Saanich police, Jan 18, 2018.

via Facebook, January 18, 2018

Tsastilqualus Ambers Umbas and Shawna Green have been arrested for refusing to remove themselves from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) office, situated on unceded WSANEC territories (near Victoria, BC). Read the rest of this entry

Video: Indigenous Grandmother Arrested at DFO Encampment

by Fish Farms Out Now, Dec 21, 2017

At 11:30 am, Tuesday December 19th, Saanich Police arrived at the Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp outside of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and arrested 64 year -old Grandmother and Indigenous rights activist Tsastilqualus Ambers of the Ma’amtagila Nation on trespassing charges. She was later released with a February court date. 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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Skeena River sockeye returns at historic lows

salmon sockeye net fishingClosing will ‘have a crushing economic impact on the entire northwest,’ says MP

By Ash Kelly, CBC News, June 28, 2017

This year’s return of Skeena River sockeye is setting up to be the worst on record.

As a result, First Nations along the river have agreed not to remove sockeye from the river, a decision made only once before when the same run returned in dismal numbers in 2013.

The low numbers have also prompted Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to close the region’s lucrative sports fishery to all salmon species until July 15. Read the rest of this entry

Fisheries minister plans ‘concrete’ action to fight declining sockeye run

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A spawning sockeye salmon is seen making its way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

‘I wouldn’t describe it as a conflict of interest,’ says Dominic LeBlanc of DFO promoting aquaculture

By Lisa Johnson and Yvette Brend, CBC News, August 9, 2016

Canada’s minister of fisheries says the government is taking action in a “rigorous and robust” way to restore the Fraser River’s sockeye salmon run after nearly four years of silence following a federal inquiry into the decline of the iconic species.

Dominic LeBlanc said Ottawa is committed to the 75 recommendations that came out of the Cohen Commission of Inquiry in October 2012, agreeing delayed action has been “unacceptable.” Read the rest of this entry

Courthouse rally in Chilliwack against ceremonial fishery charge

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Sto:lo elder Eddie Gardner speaks during the salmon ceremony during Aboriginal Wellness Day at Tzeachten Sports Field on Saturday in celebration of National Aboriginal Day. The day also featured dancing, a barbeque, family games, Nordic walk, archery, cultural activities, cedar weaving and more. JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS

by  Jennifer Feinberg, Chilliwack Progress, May 4, 2016

A rally on the steps of the Chilliwack courthouse set for May 10 will underscore the importance of the First Salmon Ceremony to Sto:lo communities of the Pilalt tribe.

The local Sto:lo chief was charged last March with one count of contravening the Fisheries Act by fishing illegally for one salmon, during a closed time.

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Bella Bella herring fishery to re-open with much smaller catch

Heiltsuk herring DFO 1Agreement 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

Video: How The Heiltsuk Won- #occupyDFO

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