B.C. fish farms will require Indigenous consent

Globe and Mail, Justine Hunter – 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.
The NDP government will announce on Wednesday B.C.’s aquaculture industry will have four years to adapt before any tenures are cancelled, sources told The Globe and Mail. The veto power most assuredly means that some companies will be evicted because the farms are adamantly opposed by some – but…

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“Duty to Consult” is a cruel joke if First Nations can’t handle the load


‘Duty to Consult’ a Cruel Joke If First Nations Can’t Handle the Load
Insider reveals hidden barrier to fair dealing with Indigenous governments about big-ticket projects.

By Alex Power 16 Jan 2017 | Edge Magazine
Alex Power is a Regulatory and Research Specialist with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. He wrote a version of this article for Edge, where it first appeared.

Whenever there’s a large project in Canada, whether it’s a new mine or major infrastructure, there’s a constitutionally based “duty to consult” with affected Indigenous parties. In the Northwest Territories, where I live, the regulatory boards have done a pretty good…

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Luutkudziiwus and Gwininitxw file judicial review to save the wild salmon of the Skeena-

VANCOUVER —Inland B.C. hereditary First Nations chiefs joined coastal ones in announcing a fourth federal lawsuit against Ottawa’s approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project, at a press conference in Vancouver. They claim that the gas export terminal is an infringement of their Aboriginal fishing rights.

Two Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs—Charlie Wright with the Luutkudziiwus house group, and Yvonne Lattie with the Gwininitxw house group —filed the judicial review on Tuesday morning.

Both leaders herald from Indigenous lands near Hazelton, B.C. on the upper Skeena watershed where the salmon have reached critically low levels. They say their lawsuit, combined with three…

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Atlantic lobster fisheries eye sustainable approval

CBC News Posted: Mar 13, 2013 11:47 AM AT Last Updated: Mar 13, 2013 12:49 PM AT

Photo: The P.E.I. lobster fishery sought out an eco-friendly label in 2009. (CBC)

The Maine lobster fishery has outpaced almost all of its counterparts in Atlantic Canada when it comes to a new certification for sustainable catches, says the executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada.

The London-based Marine Stewardship Council has given its seal of approval to the Maine fishery, meaning the industry can market itself as sustainably run.

Geoff Irvine argues that certification has become important, particularly for U.S. and European markets.

“Everybody knew…

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Mi’kmaq call on Canada to recognize fishing treaty

The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 22, 2013 6:22 PM

Photo: Donald Marshall Jr., accompanied by Mi’ kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy, right, and his cousin, Chapel Island Chief Lindsay Marshall , left, walks through Sydney, N.S. in a peaceful protest over native fishing rights in 2000. (CP PHOTO/Andrew Vaughan)

A dozen Mi’kmaq communities filed a notice of application with the Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Friday alleging that Canada has not met its obligation to accommodate fishing treaty rights.

Membertou Chief Terry Paul says a 1999 Supreme Court of Canada decision found that Mi’kmaq have the right to harvest and sell…

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