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First Nation Protestors Rally For Fish Farm Evictions

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    First Nation Protestors Rally For Fish Farm Evictions

    Campbell River meeting comes as Morton video of farmed fish goes viral.

    More than 50 First Nations protestors, including several hereditary chiefs, called for the eviction of multinational-owned fish farms from “unceded” territorial waters in Campbell River on Monday. “We have zero tolerance for open-net salmon farms,” declared George Quocksister, a hereditary chief of the Laich-Kwil-Tach Nation.

    The protest in the Kwanwatsi Big House, a traditional meeting area designed to serve First Nations in the Campbell River area, appeared to signal a growing Indigenous movement against fish farms on the B.C. coast. Speakers representing several coastal First Nations decried fish farms as either a “poison” or an environmental problem that harmed young wild fish, disrupted natural migration routes and spread disease.

    “We have seen salmon dwindling in our rivers for the past 29 years,” said hereditary Chief Willie Moon of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw Nation.

    The Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, who live in a remote part of the Broughton Archipelago, boarded two fish farms and gave eviction notices to nearly 30 farms operated by Cermaq and Marine Harvest in their territory two weeks ago.

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    http://thetyee.ca/News/2016/08/31/First-Nations-Fish-Farm-Eviction-Rallies/

     

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