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BC First Nations to launch class action law suit addressing impacts of aquaculture on wild salmon

Monday, February 2nd 2009 5:11:50pm

Media Advisory

Class-Action Law Suit to be launched by the Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-Mish against the British Columbia Government to address the impacts of salmon farms on wild salmon in their territory


What:

Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-Mish (kwik wasoo tea noox & ha kwa meesh) First Nation (KAFN) will release details of a Class-Action Law Suit responding to the harm done to wild salmon in their territory by open net – pen salmon farms authorized by the British Columbia Government.

When:

10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Where:

Office of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, Suite 500 - 342 Water St, Vancouver

Who:

The Representative Plaintiff from the KAFN,
KAFN Community elders,
Leaders from the BC First Nation community,
KAFN Class Action legal counsel and the KAFN legal counsel


Utilizing the Class Proceedings Act of British Columbia, the Kwicksutaineuk/Ah-Kwa-Mish First Nation will seek remedies from the court requiring the defendant the BC Government (represented by the B.C. Minister of Agriculture and Lands) to address the negative impacts of open net-cage salmon farming and the resulting decline in the wild salmon population in their traditional territory.

At the Media Conference the KAFN will outline their claim, and the remedies they are seeking.

The media conference will be preceded by ceremonial singing.


Media Contact: Don Huff, Penasi Communications/ Environmental Communication Options
416-972-7404 / on-site (Vancouver) 416-805-7720, or email huffd(at)huffstrategy.com.