Category: Pacific Region

Fisheries Forum hosted by Fish-WIKS community partner, Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation

(Article by Saul Milne) Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation (TFN), a Fish-WIKS community partner, hosted a two-day fisheries forum meeting that included Tla-o-qui-aht haw’ił (hereditary leaders), fishermen, T’aaq-wiihak (with authority of the chiefs, negotiation and implementation table for court case) negotiators, Tribal Parks, TFN Seafoods, Uu-a-thluk, and the TFN Fisheries program, as well as the salmon enhancement …

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Fish-WIKS Masters student participates in significant archaeological find

Fish-WIKS Masters student, Alisha Gauvreau, now a PhD student at the University of Victoria and scholar with the Hakai Institute in BC, helped uncover a significant find in traditional Heiltsuk Nation territory that has been dated to 14,000 years ago. Read the full CBC story here.

Tla-o-qui-aht 2016 Spring Update

(Update provided by Terry Dorward Seit-cha (one who swims in the water), Tla-o-qui-aht Fish-WIKS Coordinator Currently, the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations is involved in an ongoing court case to have our Indigenous rights recognized thru the court system to fish all species commercially in a modern day livelihood. Our Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations strongly believe that with our inherent fishing …

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Tla-o-qui-aht fishers prepare for 2016 fishing season on west coast of Vancouver Island

(Contributed by Alex Gagne) Tla-o-qui-aht fishers are preparing for the 2016 fishing season on the west coast of Vancouver Island. This year the T’aaq-wiihak fisheries, the fisheries being piloted as part of the implementation of the 2009 Ahousaht et al. court decision that affirmed the rights of five Nuu-chah-nulth Nations to fish and sell fish, will be targeting …

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British Columbia Masters student reports on research

Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii), a cultural keystone species, are a critical part of the social-ecological systems of British Columbia’s central coast. For millennia, Heiltsuk First Nation has depended on this forage fish for food, social, ceremonial, and economic purposes. My research, nested within the coast-wide “Herring School” initiative, documents the components of Heiltsuk First Nation’s …

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