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First Nations leaders rally in support of B.C. salmon farm occupation

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Chief Willie Moon has occupied salmon farms in the past, and says the Musgamagw Dzawda’enuxw is prepared to do whatever it takes to close fish farms along the coast. (Jon Hernandez/CBC)

Document urging the province to move fish farms inland to be delivered to Premier John Horgan

By Jon Hernandez, CBC News, September 7, 2017

Dozens of Indigenous leaders and protestors rallied outside the Vancouver Convention Centre today urging the province to dismantle salmon farms along the B.C. coast.

The calls came as environmentalists and members of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis First Nations occupy two Marine Harvest Canada salmon farms in their territorial waters off the north end of Vancouver Island. Read the rest of this entry

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Video: Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw block fish farm packer boat

on September 6, 2017, Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw hereditary chiefs, women and supporters took a stand against a Norwegian packing boat. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. First Nations occupy a second salmon farm as company raises safety concerns

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Dzawada’enuxw Nation Chief Willie Moon and Hereditary Chief Charlie Williams were among local First Nations leaders on site to support the occupation of the Swanson Island fish farm. Photograph By Swanson Occupation

Marine Harvest says protests are creating unsafe conditions at farms

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press, September 2, 2017

Members of two British Columbia First Nations say they have occupied a salmon farm on a small island on the province’s coast, the second such protest to be held in the past week.

Chief Willie Moon, also known as Okwilagame, said about 16 members of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw and the Kwikwasutinuxw Haxwamis arrived at the Wicklow Point salmon farm on Thursday afternoon. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations occupy Marine Harvest fish farm

Fish Farm occupation elders sittingBC Local News, August 28, 2017

A group of First Nations has peacefully occupied a Marine Harvest salmon farm on Swanson Island, which is located 17 km east of Alert Bay.

On Aug. 25, Hereditary Chief Ernest Alexander Alfred, along with a group of First Nations, occupied the farm. He stated the fish farm is illegally parked in ‘Namgis and Maya’xala Awinakola territory. Read the rest of this entry

Video: Occupation of fish farm by Kwakwaka’wakw

August 25, 2017 Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Hereditary Leadership visited Ernest Alfred at his occupation camp on Marine Harvest owned salmon farm on Swanson Island B.C. after his first night.

B.C. fish farms hit by occupations following release of footage showing sickly, blind salmon

fish farm protest occupation 1by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, August 24, 2017

Indigenous leaders are calling on Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc to immediately halt fish farming along British Columbia’s coastal region following the release of video footage showing diseased farmed Atlantic salmon –some blind, others with swollen gills and blisters—swimming through pens thick with fish feces. Read the rest of this entry

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father calls missing and murdered inquiry a ‘bloody farce’

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Hereditary chief Bill Wilson, Jody Wilson-Raybould’s father, says the commissioners of the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry should be replaced. (Facebook)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘should fire these people,’ says hereditary B.C. chief

By Catharine Tunney, CBC News, May 24, 2017

Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief and the father of federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, says the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is a “bloody farce” and the commissioners leading it need to be replaced. Read the rest of this entry

Renowned B.C. Indigenous artist Beau Dick has died

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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

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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