The Council of Canadians is calling on the federal and B.C. provincial governments to intervene and prevent Marine Harvest from removing First Nation observers from their Atlantic salmon farms in the Broughton Archipelago.
“The people of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, Namgis and Mamalilikala Nations have more legitimate right to be on this territory than Marine Harvest,” says Alice de Wolff, National Board member of the Council of Canadians.
The observers on two farms received an order to leave by 5 PM Thursday, November 9, in a letter from Marine Harvest.
The Council of Canadians has called on both governments to engage in ‘nation-to-nation’ negotiations with the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, Namgis and Mamalilikala First Nations. They are united in their insistence that these Atlantic salmon farms be removed from their territories and have demanded that both levels of government not renew the required licences when they expire in June 2018.
Observers from these First Nations have been at two fish farms owned by Marine Harvest since August. They are sounding the alarm about the disappearance of wild salmon in their territories and the health of the remaining fish. They have never given their approval to these farms.
“The federal and provincial governments have an opportunity today to take action to recognize the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They must actually negotiate in good faith with First Nations about the use of their territories, rather than allow Marine Harvest to bully with threats,” says de Wolff.
Harjap Grewal, B.C. and Yukon Regional Office, Council of Canadians firstname.lastname@example.org, 778 552 2099