(Victoria, BC, June 18, 2018) – Coastal First Nations (CFN) and the BC Government are working together to co-develop a strategy for revitalizing wild salmon in the province.
Using key insights from a Wild Salmon Advisory Council, drawn from local experts and from across the province, the strategy will recognize the critical importance of healthy and abundant wild salmon for BC communities, including the species’ cultural significance for First Nations and fundamental role in local economies.
“It is critical that we strengthen the connections between our communities, our environment, and our economy, for the future of wild salmon and the broader environment they depend on,” says Chief Marilyn Slett, President of Coastal First Nations and a co-chair of the Advisory Council. “Coastal First Nations support the re-emergence of a conservation-based economy, while taking into account the cultural and ecological diversity of our territories, and the responsibility to maintain and protect the lands, water and resources within them.”
The collaborative effort will draw upon a wealth of traditional knowledge from First Nations throughout the coast and involve broad consultation with communities that are heavily dependent on these important fisheries.
To be released March 2019, the strategic plan and recommendations aim to fundamentally improve management, restoration and enhancement of wild salmon populations, while also improving non-salmon fisheries and stewardship efforts as well.
About Coastal First Nations
Coastal First Nations is an alliance of First Nations on British Columbia’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii, aiming to restore sustainable land, water and resource management approaches throughout these coastal territories. Nations include Wuikinuxv, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xaixais, Nuxalk, Gitga’at, Metlakatla, Old Massett, Skidegate, and Council of the Haida Nation.
Patrick Kelly, Coastal First Nations – (250) 589-4084