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Hereditary Chiefs flotilla protesting Raza Island fish farm

Editors note: Cortes Currents was notified that this event has been put on hold due to an illness. They plan to reschedule it in the near future.

The Hereditary Chiefs of the Laichkwiltach, We Wai Kai and K’omok First Nations will be taking a protest flotilla to the Raza Island fish farm on Saturday, May 14,2022.

“We three Hereditary Chiefs have jurisdiction and have the right to stewardship over the waters and lands of the Laichwiltach Nation, unceded waters and lands of the Discovery Islands,” wrote Hereditary Chief George Quocksister Jr of the  Laichkwiltach First Nation on his facebook page.

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Tla’amin First Nation welcomes language coordinator role

qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Climbing down from Tla’amin’s family tree project, Randolph Timothy Jr. has begun a new path as the Nation’s new language coordinator. 

“There had been a job posting late last year, so I had applied and a few months later I got an interview,” says Randolph. 

Fast forwarding a couple months and Randolph said he was asked to wrap up the family tree project and start up the language program. “I was officially hired on March 23 and am starting to get things organized.” 

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102 BC First Nations call for fish farms to be transitioned onto land

Representatives of 102 First Nations, from across British Columbia, voiced their support for the transition of open-net pen fish farms out of BC waters.

 The First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance hosted a press conference in Vancouver on Tuesday April 5, 2022.

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The First Nations calling for a renewal of fish farm licenses

Editor’s note: The licenses for 79 fish farms will come up for renewal by the end of June, 2022. If the Department of Fisheries fails to reissue them, there will only be seven farms left in the province. These are all in the Broughton Archipelago and their licenses come up for renewal in 2023. 

On March 21, a group of what was supposedly 17 First Nations supporting the fish farming industry put out a press release. Cortes Currents is not on the First Nations for Finfish Stewardship email list, and at that point had not heard of the group. We subsequently asked Dallas Smith, spokesperson for this coalition, for an interview. When he did not reply, Cortes Currents published a write-up largely based on that original press release. Within hours of posting a link through social media, someone directed Cortes Currents to independent biologist Alexandra Morton’s Facebook page where there was evidence that this group of 17 was at best 12 and more likely 11 First Nations. Since then, the list has grown smaller. 

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Ottawa invests $11.8 million in Indigenous commercial fishing ventures on West Coast

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Ottawa is committing close to $12 million to boost sustainable Indigenous fishing enterprises on the West Coast. 

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