Take it to the Streets
There were Atlantic salmon in the rivers
It was 1993 and all of a sudden there were Atlantic Salmon in the rivers.
Chinook salmon vanished after a bacterial infection called furunculosis spread through the farms. The flatfish on the...
10,000 pagesI was the only person with a word processor in Echo Bay in the 1990s when salmon farms first moved in. Government began denying local people the legal right to tie our floathouses to the shore, giving the right instead to the salmon farmers (personal communication with Doug Berry, Crown Lands ~ 1990)....
Trying to communicateThe salmon farming industry tried to stop me from approaching their farms and there were some aggressive encounters.
When the salmon farmers began filming me as I
approached the pens, I began trying to communicate with their head offices with
signs. As I approached the salmon farms to collect data, I held...
MedevacAfter nine years of watching juvenile salmon being eaten to death by sea lice, I knew something else had to be tried.In the spring of 2008 I applied to the Federal Government for permits and permission to evacuate the young salmon before they encountered the salmon farms and sea lice...
The First Nations between Kingcome and Knight Inlet organized delivery of an eviction notice by canoe, where Norwegian companies are operating 27 feedlots on the British Columbia mainland, east of the Northern tip of Vancouver Island to raise Atlantic salmon. It was ignored.
Trip to Norway
In 2009, I traveled with Chief Bobby Joseph and Chief Bob Chamberlin to Norway to attend the Annual General Meetings (AGMs) of the two biggest salmon farming companies inappropriately occupying the territory of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk.I went to Norway with powerful and respected First Nation leaders.
After listening to the companies in...
Paddle for Wild Salmon
To mark the start of the Cohen Commission
which was to investigate the 20-year decline of salmon runs in the Fraser
River, 100 people in 10 canoes paddled for five days down the lower Fraser
River to Vancouver. We were largely a First Nations contingent and we were hosted
Get Out MigrationIn 2010, after twenty-three years of writing letters, sea lice research, legal action, attending corporate AGMs and engaging in every government process that came up, I began to focus on the question put to me by many British Columbia citizens: “how can we change this?” Clearly we needed to get the government’s...
Cohen Commission aquaculture hearings (August 2011)I spent nine months and thousands of hours going through the half of a million government documents (including thousands of emails between bureaucrats), released to participants of the Cohen Commission. It was quite the education on how wild salmon are managed in Canada. I concluded that there is no...
Path of the Raven
2, 2013, I again embarked on a journey from the northern tip of Vancouver
Island to the Legislature building in Victoria. This time, with hereditary
chief Beau Dick, his family and others, our trip culminated with an ancient
copper-cutting ceremony. The nations in whose territory I live, have