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17 fish farms to be phased out under new agreement between B.C. government, First Nations

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Seventeen fish farms off the northeastern tip of Vancouver Island will be phased out by 2023 under a new agreement between First Nations and the province, the premier announced Friday. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

Farms in Broughton Archipelago will be gone by 2023

by Megan Thomas, CBC News,

Seventeen open-pen fish farms in B.C.’s Broughton Archipelago will be phased out by 2023 under a new agreement between First Nations and the provincial government, the premier announced Friday.

The decision is part of a set of recommendations reached through a government-to-government consultation between the province and the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, ‘Namgis and Mamalilikulla First Nations. Read the rest of this entry

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Dzawada’enuxw First Nation to push for removal of fish farms

fish farm get out banner‘What the Dzawada̱ʼenux̱w require is legal rights now,’ says lawyer representing First Nation

A coastal First Nation in B.C. is vowing to challenge the B.C. government’s new approach to fish farm tenures, which would give First Nations a say over where these operations can set up on the West Coast.

The province announced Wednesday that starting in 2022, fish farms will need First Nations approval to renew their tenures. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. fish farms will require Indigenous consent

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Members of the Kwakwaka’wakw occupy a fish farm in August 2017.

by Justine Hunter, Globe & Mail, June 19, 2018

The B.C. government is poised to give an effective veto to First Nations over fish farm tenures in their territories, a historic concession that reaches beyond the traditional court-ordered requirement that Indigenous groups be consulted and accommodated on resource decisions on their lands. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nation files Aboriginal title claim challenging fish farms in their territory

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Dzawada’enuxw leaders outside BC Supreme Court in Vancouver. Photo courtesy Lindsey Mae Willie

by Laurie Hamelin, APTN News, June 2, 2018
The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet filed a claim of Aboriginal title in British Columbia’s Supreme Court that affects ten fish farms in their traditional territory that they say are operating without their consent. Read the rest of this entry

Federal court dismisses B.C. First Nation’s bid to block fish farm restocking

fish farm demandsCourt said there is ‘likelihood of harm’ from fish-borne disease, but rejected injunction because of timing

Video: Marine Harvest serves injunction in Alert Bay against fish farm opponents

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March 10, 2018, via Facebook

Marine Harvest serves an injunction against opponents to fish farms in Alert Bay, BC.  See the video below: Read the rest of this entry

Kwakwaka’wakw leaders hand eviction notice to B.C. fish farm

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Members of B.C. First Nations deliver an eviction notice to a fish farm operated by Marine Harvest on Jan. 22, 2018. (CTV Vancouver)

CTV News, January 22, 2018

Setting out from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, members of at least six B.C. First Nations took to the sea Monday to deliver an eviction notice to a fish farm operated by Marine Harvest: one of Canada’s largest producers of farmed Atlantic salmon. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. Supreme Court grants injunction against fish farm protesters

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Marine Harvest operates more than 30 fish farms in B.C., which employ over 500 people. (CBC News)

Marine Harvest operates a site near Port Hardy, B.C., that has been the site of demonstrations for months

CBC News, Dec 27, 2017

The B.C. Supreme Court has granted an injunction against a number of people who have trespassed on a fish farm company’s property in recent months.

Marine Harvest Canada applied for the injunction for their licensed aquaculture site on Midsummer Island, one of several fish farms they operate in the Broughton Archipelago, east of Port Hardy. 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

Indigenous Grandmother Faces Arrest for Protecting Wild Salmon

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Tsastilqualus at the Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp in Victoria, BC.

Fish Farms Out Now, Dec 18, 2017

Tsastliqualus Ambers, a sixty-five year old Ma’amtagila grandmother and Indigenous rights activist from Yalis ( Alert Bay) faces potential arrest tomorrow on the 67th day of the indigenous-led, all-women’s Wild Salmon Matriarch Camp occupation outside of government offices complicit in the demise of the traditional salmon food fishery of her peoples. Read the rest of this entry