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Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Calls for Urgent Action over Diminishing Salmon Returns

MEDIA RELEASE                                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   September 8, 2017

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Calls for Urgent Action over Diminishing Salmon Returns
The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is calling for urgent and collaborative action to conserve and sustain the Fraser River Salmon. For decades the Dakelh people have witnessed increasingly poor salmon returns almost every year into the interior of British Columbia and Dakelh territory.

Estimates for the Sockeye salmon run did not come close to matching the reality of the situation as live counts determined that there were significantly less salmon in every run that was expected actually returned this year. Current management strategies practiced, independently and jointly, by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the US’s NOAA Fisheries (Pacific Salmon Commission) are failing Canadian First Nations’ fisheries.

“Meanwhile, in the Chilako River (flows into the Nechako River), we counted only four (1 dead) Chinook salmon this year,” CSTC Fisheries Manager Christina Ciesielski noted. The Chinook salmon run has been poor for a number of years as a result of impacts from human activity such as industry and agriculture, but this low number is alarming.

“The salmon is our lifeblood. It is deeply entrenched in Dakelh culture in many different ways and we depend on it for our health and well-being,” states Tribal Chief Terry Teegee. “If the salmon disappears our Nation will be deeply wounded.”

With the full implementation of UNDRIP, at both the federal and provincial levels, it is expected that BC First Nations will be consulted and a shared decision making processes will be implemented for future work to save the Fraser River Salmon fisheries.

Contact: Tribal Chief Terry Teegee, CSTC Office : (250) 562-6279; Cell: (250) 640-3256

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