‘This is all positive’ says chief in B.C. of salmon farm changes

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The elected chief councillor of Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation in the Broughton Archipelago says the province’s new policy on fish farms is a big step toward implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

“This is all positive,” said Bob Chamberlain who is also vice-president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.

“We are working very hard with this government because they’ve made the commitment to implement the declaration.”

On Wednesday, B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, announced that the rules for renewing salmon farm tenures in B.C. will change starting in four years.

“The challenges facing our wild salmon have been ignored for far too long,” said Popham.

“That’s why we are putting in place a new approach to provide clarity and outline our expectations moving forward for a sustainable industry that protects wild salmon, embraces reconciliation, and provides good jobs.”

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Laurie Hamelin – APTN – June 22, 2018.

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