Xwémalhkwu Court Case
January 26, 2005
Chief Darren Blaney Challenges BC Government to Move Beyond Sleazy Consultation
First Nations leaders participated in a news conference on January 25 to discuss the recent BC Supreme Court decision ordering Marine Harvest Canada to remove Atlantic salmon from their fish farm in Xwémalhkwu (Homalco) territory. In addition, the participants spoke about the Court's decision to grant a judicial review of the process that led to the approval of the fish farm in the first place. The 5-day judicial review process commenced January 24 with a broad base of First Nations support:
Vice-Chief Shawn Atleo - Assembly of First Nations, BC Region
Chief Bill Cramner - Namgis First Nation, Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council
Chief Stewart Phillip - Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Dave Porter - First Nations Summit
Grand Chief Ed John - First Nations Summit
Chief Darren Blaney issued a public statement challenging the BC Government to move forward on the issue of consultation.
To honour the Xwémalhkwu , a "Long Live Aboriginal Rights and Title!" Rally in Support of the Xwémalhkwu Court Case was held JANUARY 26 at the BC Supreme Court House.
At the invitation of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council, Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the UBCIC and Don Bain, Executive Director of the UBCIC, joined Elders, youth and leadership to view the impact of fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago on June 15, 2004. We offer the following photo journal of our visit.
Impact of Fish Farms in the Broughton Archipelago
June 15, 2004
The following photos were taken at Fife Sound on Baker Island, three nautical miles west of the Heritage salmon farm situated in the Burdwood Group. We viewed pink and chum salmon which most likely traveled west through Tribune Channel, passing four Stolt fishfarm sites, then through the Burdwood Group. The bay where Alexandra Morton fished receives debris from a long tide line from the Burdwood Group across to Baker Island. The fish we viewed had multiple life-stages of lice, indicative of the fish having passed several sources of infection.
We would like to sincerely thank Alexandra Morton (R.P.Bio.) for her time and invaluable insight of educating us that day of the devastating impact of fish farms in the Broughton Archipelago.
Map courtesy of Living Oceans Society
VANCOUVER'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS RESTAURANTS GONE WILD!
RESTAURANTS THAT HAVE SWITCHED FROM SERVING FARMED SALMON TO SERVING WILD SALMON ONLY
Alert Bay, BC
Old Customs House Restaurant & Lodging
Bowen Island, BC
BlackBear Company Store
Fisher Lass Fish Market
Superior Fish Market
Gabriola Island, BC
Maranatha Fishing and Packing Co.,
Wild Island Foods
Sooke Harbour House
Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill
Vancouver, BC (continued)
Edible Planet - Catering on Location
Gusto di Quattro
Kettle of Fish
Le Gavroche Restaurant
Quattro on Fourth
Quattro at Whistler
Shark Club (Vancouver)
Tomato Fresh Food Cafe
Spinnakers Brewpub and Guesthouse
Zambris, Victoria BC
For More Information
The UBCIC worked with the Western Canada Wilderness Committe to co-produce a flyer on Salmon Fish Farms.
Using partnered science to unleash the Salmon Forest's capacity to renew itself.
Market campaign launched by the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CARR)
Report from the Conservation Council, created as an independent organization to advise the governments of Canada and British Columbia, as well as the Canadian public, on the conservation and environmental sustainability of Pacific salmon stocks and their freshwater and ocean habitat.
CBC Disclosure - Investigative report on the political controversary within the fish farm industry in BC. Broadcast Tuesday February 4, 2003
Frontline reports and science
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.