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First Nations to shape the future of aquaculture in BC

Canada acknowledges First Nations’ rights to define their relationships with the aquaculture industry in a plan that will shape the future of salmon farming in British Columba. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The future of salmon farming in British Columbia will largely…

First Nations assert traditional rights to farm salmon

Aquaculture-dependent First Nations in BC set to defy government agenda to remove salmon farms from their traditional territories By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews  Aquaculture dependent First Nations   say they will assert their traditional rights to allow salmon farming in their territorial waters,…

Land-based salmon farming not for us: First Nations coalition

Aquaculture-dependent First Nations decry Ottawa’s lack of understanding on what transitioning open-net salmon farming to growing fish on land means to remote Indigenous coastal communities. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Moving to land-based salmon farming is not an option for aquaculture-dependent coastal…

BC First Nations in Ottawa to fight for salmon farming rights

“As the original stewards of Canada’s coastal waters for millennia, we are calling on you to re-issue salmon farming licences in the territories of the Nations who want to pursue it.” – Coalition of First Nations for Finfish Stewardship By…

First Nations want ‘Aquaculture Zone’ off Vancouver Island

“We are working towards sustainability of both fisheries and aquaculture…they can both exist in our waters, but it should be our community that decides what that looks like for our Traditional Territory,” – The Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Two…

Respect our rights to salmon farming say First Nations

“Our coalition is opposed to the federal government disregarding science and bowing to unfounded activist claims on salmon farming that, if heeded, will severely damage our communities, and deny our rights and title,” – Coalition of First Nations for Finfish…

Anti-salmon farm activists trample on First Nations’ rights

Anti-salmon farm activists are signalling that the collective and individual rights of First Nations should be disregarded when it comes to marine aquaculture operations in traditional territories By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Anti-aquaculture activists in British Columbia are calling on the federal…

Aquaculture propels First Nations, tribal communities towards ‘self-reliance’

New video shows the value of aquaculture for the environment and economic growth of  tribal communities in the Pacific Northwest By SeaWestNews Tribal communities across the Pacific Northwest are diversifying into aquaculture to provide economic opportunities and food security for…

Net gains from aquaculture for First Nations businesses

“In the past 20 years I’ve advocated for aquaculture and believed in it even when others spoke down to it” – Richard Harry, a member of the Homalco First Nation. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Life for Richard Harry, a member of…

Just how opposed are First Nations to open-net aquaculture in BC ?

We Wai Kai First Nation, said to be opposed to open-net aquaculture, gets tax-dollars to investigate sablefish farming in BC oceans By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan has been saying the decision to oust fish farmers in British…

Minister abandons science, salmon, First Nations, for votes

“If this was an industry other than salmon aquaculture, there would be an inquiry into the minister’s actions.” By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan keeps insisting she has full confidence in her scientists and the people who work…

First Nations leader calls for more indigenous partnerships with salmon farmers

“As much as there seems to be controversy about the business, we believe many First Nations should be looking at long-term relationships with salmon farming partners,” – Thomas Smith, Councillor for the Tlowitsis Nation. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A Vancouver Island…

Minister thumbs her nose at judge, First Nations over aquaculture decision

Bowing to demands by eco-activists, Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan continues to demonstrate a complete lack of respect and concern for the people who depend on aquaculture for their livelihoods, says fish farmer By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Canada’s Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan…

Federal Court snubs First Nations in salmon farming dispute

In a disturbing ruling, the Federal court has rejected intervenor status by five First Nations in the Discovery Islands’ salmon farming dispute, opting to hear submissions from activists perpetuating the ‘Big Lie’ about aquaculture in BC. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The…

Ancient First Nations tongues support aquaculture science

The ancient tongues of many BC First Nations support scientific conclusions that state wild salmon returns vary on cycles and have nothing to do with aquaculture or salmon farms. CommentaryBy Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Some First Nations leaders, influenced by activists, are…

First Nations hail new pact with B.C. salmon farmers

Agreements highlight importance of supporting wild salmon populations while building aquaculture capacity within the First Nations By SeaWestNews Three First Nations are hailing a pact, that gives them oversight into the operations of salmon farming companies in their traditional territories…

Pressure mounts for First Nations seal harvest in B.C. waters

“Canada needs to act immediately to stop the disaster in the Salish Sea that is destroying our salmon and endangering our whales,” – Roy Jones, elder of the Haida Gwaii First Nation. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNewsU Pressure is mounting for a…

First Nations crucial in Canada’s new approach to aquaculture

Government committed to moving forward with aquaculture in a way that protects the oceans, and fish stocks, and creates thousands of jobs for middle class Canadians By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews The value of Indigenous and local knowledge must be used to…

First Nations’ eco-knowledge vital for new salmon policy

“It is our responsibility to engage with First Nations, to find common ground, and work together through shared values.” Jeremy Dunn at the AquaSur conference in Chile By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs wants First Nations’…

First Nations communities benefit from aquaculture

New government report pushes for a Federal Aquaculture Act while calling for increased funding for Indigenous fish farming initiatives. First Nations communities are in a unique position to benefit from, and contribute to sustainable aquaculture development in Canada, says a new…

Paving the way for First Nations aquaculture prosperity

“Sustainable aquaculture is key for our wild fish to thrive,” – James Walkus, independent commercial fisherman and a First Nations aquaculture success story. James Walkus was 15 when he found an abandoned boat on the traditional territory of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw…

Beware the eco-colonialist, First Nations chiefs warned

10,000-year journey that is just bearing fruit threatened by foreign funded activism says Calvin Helin, a leading authority on economic independence for First Nations By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews First Nations leaders in BC should be wary of activists who are…

B.C. First Nations tell eco-militants to stay away

Coastal First Nations leaders, salmon farm workers tell Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to stay off their traditional territories and aquaculture farms By Fabian Dawson SeaWestNews Fed up with the barrage of lies about their salmon farming operations, First Nations leaders…

Expo to explore First Nations opportunities in seafood value chain

Over 40 First Nations and Indigenous communities are now directly or indirectly involved in farming seafood in Canada. By SeaWestNews The BC Seafood Expo next month will examine business opportunities for First Nations communities along the entire aquaculture and fisheries…

Cermaq helps First Nations students pursue bright futures

Keenan Andrew is getting closer to finally starting the career he’s been working towards for years, thanks in part to a scholarship from Cermaq Canada. (pictured) Keenan Andrew with his partner and their new baby. Andrew, a member of the…

First Nations author warns of paid “puppets and props” used to plug resource projects in Canada.

We don’t need any green college fund babies telling us what to do in our territories says Calvin Helin, a multi-award winning author, international speaker, entrepreneur and lawyer By SeaWestNews A leading authority on economic independence for First Nations says…

Let us keep our salmon farms say First Nation leaders

Salmon aquaculture operations have brought us out of a dark era of depression, poverty, and suicides, say First Nation leaders in a series of poignant videos. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews First Nation leaders from British Columbia’s coastal communities are demanding that…

First Nation renews aquaculture agreement with salmon farmer

“We are at a point of unprecedented challenges brought on by climate change, and a lack of understanding, particularly in the Federal government of our Nation’s rights and this important relationship,” – Ahousaht First Nation By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews Ahousaht, one…

First Nation hails reconciliation in action with aquaculture

“By Mowi Canada West investing in our future, they bring hope and prosperity to our people and economy.” – Isaiah Robinson, General Manager of Kitasoo Development Corporation By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews On British Columbia’s central coast, in the heart of the…

As Canada dithers, nations move to expand aquaculture

Unlike Canada, which keeps bowing to anti-aquaculture activists, countries around the world are taking strident steps to expand seafood farming in their waters with new legislative frameworks. By Fabian DawsonSeaWestNews A trio of seafood experts are calling on nations around…