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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

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Activist disappointed by DFO’s response to sea lion cull near Tofino

Clayoquot Action

Clayoquot Action visited Norway last year where from left. Clayoquot Action co-founder Dan Lewis joined Qwyatseek and John Rampanen [from Nuu-Chah-Nulth] , Tore Bongo, Beaska Niilas, and Kurt Oddekalv to deliver a petition against salmon farming. / Clayoquot Action

By Andrew Bailey, Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News, April 13, 2016

Clayoquot Action co-founder Dan Lewis hopes a sea lion cull conducted at a local salmon farm has opened the West Coast’s eyes to the havoc he believes the salmon farm industry is wreaking on the region.

“I think the writing’s on the wall for this industry,” Lewis said.

“I’ve seen it happen before with logging. There is a shift that comes at some point where people realize this really is a problem, and it’s not going to go away unless we make it go away, and I think fish farming is right at the cusp of that right now.” Read the rest of this entry

Noisy ‘welcome’ for Imperial Metals shareholders

Photos by Murray Bush, Flux Photos.

Photos by Murray Bush, Flux Photos.

by Murray Bush/flux photo, Vancouver Media Coop, May 2015

OAST SALISH TERRITORY –  Imperial Metals, the mining company responsible for the Mount Polley Mine tailings disaster, held its Annual General Meeting in downtown Vancouver today.

The meeting had to be held behind police lines to keep shareholders from hearing directly from opponents of their mining plans – environmentalists, community members, activists and peoples of the Secwepemc, Tahltan, Wet’suwet’en, Ahousaht, and Tla-o-qui-aht nations. Read the rest of this entry

“I thought I was going to die.” School girl who was lost on West Coast mountain tells her story

Leanne John, the 15 year old girl who became lost during a school field trip, is flanked by loving and relieved parents Gloria and George John. The spoke to Ha-Shilth-Sa about their ordeal on March 11. Photo by Denise Titian

Leanne John, the 15 year old girl who became lost during a school field trip, is flanked by loving and relieved parents Gloria and George John. The spoke to Ha-Shilth-Sa about their ordeal on March 11. Photo by Denise Titian

By Denise Titian, Ha-Shilth-Sa, March 12, 2015

Ahousaht — Leanne John, 15, was taking part in a school field trip in the rugged and remote Bedwell Valley when she went missing March 3 during a hike up the mountain. The Maaqtusiis school student spent a night alone on the frozen mountainside. This is her story.

A group of about 20 school kids from Ahousaht went to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in Bedwell Sound. It is the off-season for the resort and the school was using the base camp for their field trip.

Leanne, a Grade 9 student, was part of a group made up of students from grades 8 to 11. They were to spend four days in Bedwell Sound to learn cultural teachings from staff working at Ahousaht’s Holistic Centre. Read the rest of this entry

Nuu-chah-nulth Lose Bid to Stop Commercial Fishing of Dwindling Herring Stocks

Herring caught by commercial fishing boat.

Herring caught by commercial fishing boat.

David Wiwchar, Indian Country Today, March 3, 2015

A plan to stop the commercial herring fishery off the west coast of Vancouver Island this year has failed.

Five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations had appealed to a federal court to stop the fishery because they believe the stocks are in danger of collapse. Nuu-chah-nulth biologists, elders and commercial fishermen told the court that herring stocks have been low for the past decade, and requests for a fishing moratorium made to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has fallen on deaf ears.

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First Nations fight feds over decision to open herring-roe fisheries

Tseshaht grassroots enact road closure to force BC Timber Sales to the table

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Imperial Metals AGM disrupted in Vancouver (Coast Salish Territories)

BC Blackout, May 31, 2013

Imperial Mines protest megaphone

Photo by Murray Bush (flux photo).

The annual general meeting of Imperial Metals in downtown Vancouver on May 29, 2013, was visited by Indigenous resisters of its proposed mining projects on un-ceded land in so-called British Columbia.

They successfully got past police into the building where the meeting was being held (Terminal City Club) to declare their messages to Imperial’s brass and investors with megaphones, before being roughed up and removed by the VPD pigs who worked as one with the building’s corporate rent-a-cops as per usual. Read the rest of this entry

B.C. government regrets 1869 hanging of 2 Hesquiaht men

Hesquiaht First Nation members were accused of murdering shipwreck survivors

CBC News, Nov 17, 2012

Hesquiaht member with masked dancers during reconciliation feast.

The British Columbia government has expressed regret to the family of a First Nations man who was wrongfully hanged on a Vancouver Island beach nearly 150 years ago.

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