Thursday, February 3, 2011

Aborigines file for judicial review of numerous aquaculture licenses

The Kwikwasut'inuxw/Haxwa'mis First Nations (Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwa-mish) have filed for a Judicial Review of eight Finfish Aquaculture Licences within the First Nations' Territories. The Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwa-mish is a First Nations band government based on northern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, in the Queen Charlotte Strait region.

The territory of the Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwa-mish First Nation spans the southern Broughton Archipelago and the Gilford Island area just north of the mouth of Knight Inlet. The main village of the Kwicksutaineuk-ah-kwa-mish is Gwa’yasdams, a small community located on Gilford Island.

The tribe claims that these licenses were issued with virtually zero consultation. Furthermore, they believe that the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is not complying with Supreme Court of Canada rulings that both federal and provincial governments must consult with, and accommodate, First Nations whose rights are affected by government actions. Read more...

This blog is written by Martin Little The Aquaculturists, published and supported by the International Aquafeed Magazine from Perendale Publishers.

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