Five B.C. First Nations say federal decision salmon fishing is proof of systemic racism

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Five B.C. First Nations say federal decision on salmon fishing is proof of systemic racism

Clifford Atleo, lead negotiator for one of the nations who is also called Wickaninnish, says he feels sports and commercial troll fishers are given more rights to fish in the waters off the west coast of Vancouver.

“It’s just another layer of disappointment on the part of how the government deals with us. The government doesn’t realize that their attitude toward our people is dyed-in-the-wool… And I think the government — sometimes they don’t realize they’re being racist. They’ve got age-old policies that have never changed.”

This year, the five First Nations were told they could fish 7,724 chinook, which amounts to just 1.5 fish per person for the 5,000 members of their communities. “This change ensures that food, social, and ceremonial continues to be prioritized first, and additionally prioritizes the Five Nations rights-based sale fishery over the recreational and commercial fishery,” Kuss said in a statement.

“All we want to do is be part of the economy, part of looking after ourselves without depending on government. We don’t think that’s a lot to ask.”Article content continued The First Nations are calling on Ottawa to revisit its decision on the surplus salmon for this year to allow them a portion of the additional catch.


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Greedy Indians want to over fish and wipe out the stock, nothing new How bout they use their stone age traditional methods and not racist White men tools to do it if White racism is affecting them so much?

These people are disgusting. They do not own the fish.

Why is everything they don’t like Racism

Nice try, but then again what isn’t racist this month.

Oh but when the “racist” narrative works in the Natives favour they sure are quiet. How many semi tractor trailer loads of sockeye were poached out of the Fraser in the 80s/90s and the DFO didn’t have the balls to prosecute because that would have been ...”racist”. What a joke.

When will the day come when all Canadians are treated the same? With the same rights and privileges And responsibilities?

Sure. Okay. Isn't everything systemic racism these days?

BC AFN doesn't own the salmon. It belongs to all indigenous people all over Canada just like the salmon used to run. The actual claims go to the shelf and beyond as traditional migration territory like the Atlantic and its shores - 'blubber route.'

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