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Renowned B.C. Indigenous artist Beau Dick has died

Beau Dick regalia

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick in traditional regalia.

‘Namgis artist was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights

By Megan Thomas, CBC News, March 28, 2017

World-renowned B.C. Indigenous artist Beau Dick has died.

Dick was a master carver and hereditary chief from the ‘Namgis First Nation in Alert Bay, just off the coast of northern Vancouver Island.

He was known for his mask carvings and as an advocate for Aboriginal rights. Read the rest of this entry

Fish farm spills diesel near northern Vancouver Island


Aerial view of the fish farm and diesel fuel spill.

Company ‘highly regrets’ spilling of 600 litres; initial reports said the amount was 1,500 litres

By Rhianna Schmunk, CBC News, March 5, 2017

Emergency crews are responding to a diesel spill at a fish farm near the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Early Sunday officials said at least 1,500 litres of diesel overflowed from the Burdwood Fish Farm in Echo Bay, B.C., northeast of Port McNeill. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Andy Everson speaks against fish farms

Published on Aug 31, 2016

Andy Everson of Komoks First Nation speaks on behalf of the wild salmon.
Video by Tamo Campos

First Nation hands eviction notice to Campbell River salmon farm

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Outside the office of Marine Harvest where an eviction notice was served to the operator of a Campbell River area fish farm.

by Jessica Lepp, CTV News, August 29, 2016

An international salmon farming company based on Vancouver Island has been handed an eviction notice from Campbell River First Nations.

First Nations protesters and their supporters marched to the offices of Marine Harvest Friday to slide an eviction notice beneath the door demanding their waters back. Read the rest of this entry

Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Serves Evictions Notices to BC Fish Farms


Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw hereditary chiefs board Cermaq fish farm near Kingcome Inlet to serve eviction notices.

Orders follow a number of developments, including federal decision to extend licences.

By Andrew Nikiforuk,, August 22, 2016

The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, whose traditional lands includes much of the Broughton Archipelago, have boarded two Japanese-owned fish farms and delivered eviction orders to remove their operations from unceded territories over the last six days.

On Aug. 15, three Dzawada’enuxw traditional leaders served an eviction notice to a Cermaq/Mitsubishi salmon farm on the Burdwood Islands, and on Aug. 18 boats from the communities of Gwayasdums (Gilford Island), U’kwa’nalis (Kingcome Inlet) and Alert Bay arrived at the Sir Edmund Bay fish farms run by Cermaq/Mitsubishi to conduct a cleansing ceremony. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw board fish farm as part of eviction process

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Boats from several Kwakwaka’wakw communities approach Cermaq fish farm in the territory of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw territory near Kingcome Inlet.

“Are we prepared to die for this. I think we are now. The fight is on!”

The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw boarded a salmon farm in their territory for the second time in three days to begin the process of cleansing their waters of the fish farm industry. This is done in the name of our children, future generations and in memory of our ancestors. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP visit Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw after eviction notices served to fish farms

The RCMP came unannounced into our community of Ukwanalis (Kingcome Inlet) but our leaders stood strong and committed in standing our ground.
“You guys say you are peacekeepers but when you look at the UN Declaration and it talks about the genocide of indigenous people, and that it will no longer happen and yet this is what’s happening in our territory. The very thing that we live off of are being killed off.” -Okwilogame

Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Cleansing Our Waters

Survivors witness demolition of dreaded First Nations residential school in Alert Bay

Teen girl says Mountie punched her twice during Alert Bay arrest, but RCMP disputes her account

First Nations Target Copper Shaming Ceremony At Canadian Government

Awalaskenis copper cutting 1by Stephen Hui, Georgia StraightJuly 3, 2014

When Haida copper is smashed on Parliament Hill on July 27, the ancient shaming ceremony won’t just be sending a message to the federal government.

On the first day of the Awalaskenis II journey from Vancouver to Ottawa, Kwakwaka’wakw hereditary chief and carver Beau Dick told the Georgia Straight that he sees performing the copper cutting ritual as a “challenge” to all Canadians as well.

“It’s about consciousness and about waking up to realize that, as human beings, we have a lot of things to sort out,” Dick said on Wednesday (July 2), as he marched with about 40 people on West Broadway. Read the rest of this entry