Documentary shows Indigenous partnership to rebuild wild salmon – My Cowichan Valley Now

by ahnationtalk on March 4, 2022198 Views

Mar. 4th, 2022

Efforts between three First Nations and the Province of B.C. to rebuild salmon stocks is being highlighted in a new documentary.

The partnership includes the Mamalilikulla, ‘Namgis and Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nations and efforts are focused on rebuilding the salmon in the Broughton Archipelago, off the coast of the North Island.

The film, called “Mi’ma’omakw: People of the Salmon”, follows the concerns of the Nations about fish farm impacts on wild salmon and the marine environment. They say this led to negotiations with the provincial government in 2017 and 2018. The result was nine fish farms being removed from the migratory pathways for juvenile wild salmon.

Seven more may be removed in the future. Mamalilikulla retired Chief Richard Sumner says the survival of the salmon is important for food security.

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