Musgamagw Unite in Response to Marine Harvest Breach
by Damien Gillis l The Common Sense Canadian
The Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk peoples of the Broughton Archipelago recently gathered in the village of Gwayasdums in response to a serious breach of protocol by Marine Harvest, the largest open net cage fish farm operator in the region.
On June 27, the company made an unauthorized boat trip through the territory, using elders to gather valuable information about the history and cultural sites of the area - underhanded tactics that take place amidst a high-stakes legal battle between the aquaculture industry and these same First Nations. Hereditary and elected leaders, matriarchs and community members emerged from the meeting in Gwayasdums united, with renewed resolve to rid their territory of open net cage salmon farms.
It's the latest chapter in a long and increasingly heated battle between BC's coastal First Nations and the Norwegian salmon farmers that operate in their waters.