Protecting salmon in Broughton area is progressing
Sep. 20, 2019
Global Korean Post
B.C. and First Nation governments mark progress in protecting salmon in Broughton area.
Representatives from the ‘Namgis, the Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis and Mamalilikulla First Nations, Premier John Horgan and B.C. salmon farming companies Cermaq Canada and Mowi Canada West came together on Sept. 19, 2019, to mark the progress made to protect wild salmon in the Broughton area since recommendations were delivered in December 2018.
These recommendations were a result of a groundbreaking government-to-government agreement between the Province and the three First Nations.
“The progress we are marking today began with a trip I took with ministers Lana Popham, Scott Fraser and Claire Trevena to Alert Bay less than two years ago, after being invited to listen to long-standing concerns about salmon farming,” said Premier Horgan. “In partnership with three First Nations in the Broughton, through a process built on reconciliation and respect, we are taking important steps forward to restore wild salmon stocks and support communities.”
Chief Don Svanvik, ‘Namgis First Nation, said,”We are pleased to be taking this step forward with the Province of British Columbia and the fish farm industry. This is a monumental step in recognizing the interests, values and jurisdiction of Indigenous peoples in Canada.”