First Nations’ eco-knowledge vital for new salmon policy

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The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs wants First Nations’ collective traditional ecological knowledge to be a critical part of Canada’s new Wild Salmon Policy.

From the headwaters to the oceans, we have vast traditional knowledge that can help conserve the rich biological diversity of Pacific salmon, said Chief Bob Chamberlin, the Union’s vice-president at the recent launch of the International Year of the Salmon in Vancouver.

Chamberlin wants to see increased and meaningful First Nation’s participation in the Wild Salmon Policy 2018-2022 Implementation Plan, which represents Canada’s policy forward over the next five years towards continuing to restore and maintain wild Pacific salmon populations and their habitats.

Salmon farmers in Canada have a long history of respectfully engaging with First Nations and local communities, and value the strong relationships they have with many First Nations.

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Fabian Dawson – SeaWestNews – October 20, 2018.

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