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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.

How a historic court decision is driving a new wave of First Nations protests

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Three hereditary chiefs of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw issued the eviction notice to a fish farm on the north end of Vancouver Island this week. (Tamo Campos/YouTube)

Native protesters moving on fish farms in wake of landmark decision recognizing First Nations land rights

By Richard Zussman, CBC News, August 27, 2016

Fish farms along British Columbia’s West Coast have been at the centre of political and environmental battles for years, but this time it’s a two-year-old legal decision that’s behind the string of recent protests by First Nations against the industry. Read the rest of this entry

Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Serves Evictions Notices to BC Fish Farms

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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, TheTyee.ca, 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

B.C. urged not to renew leases for salmon farms

By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, November 19, 2012

First Nations and environmental groups are ramping up pressure on the provincial government to reject renewal applications for salmon farm tenures.

An 11,000-signature petition was delivered last week to Premier Christy Clark’s constituency office during a demonstration led by members of Kingcome Inlet’s Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw First Nation, who live on the mainland, east of Port Hardy. Read the rest of this entry