First Nations from BC lobby Ottawa to shut down fish farms
First Nation Chiefs from across BC are in Ottawa to call on the Trudeau government to make good on its commitment to phase out open-net salmon farms by 2025.
“The message we carry is that this is a very clear opportunity for the federal government to take meaningful actions for reconciliation with First Nations literally across the province of British Columbia and in doing so enacting a safeguard for food security,” said Bob Chamberlin, Chair of the First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance.
Shackan Indian Band Chief Arnie Lampreau added that with depleting stocks, his First Nation has been forced to buy salmon from Alaska.
The majority of First Nations in BC support the removal of open-net pen salmon farms from BC waters.