Archive for August, 2009

MTTC Open Letter in response to Minister Gail Shea, PC, MP

Posted on August 31, 2009, by mleung, under Uncategorized.

August 31, 2009

Minister Gail Shea, P.C., M.P
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent Street
Ottawa, ON,   K1A 0E6
VIA FACSIMILE: 613-990-7292

Dear Minister Shea:

We write in response to your letter to Don Staniford, Global Coordinator for the Pure Salmon Campaign, dated August 26, 2009.  As you are aware, I was a signatory to that letter in my capacity as Chief of the Kwicksutaineuk Ah-Kwa-Mish First Nation (K-AFN) and Chairman of the Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council (MTTC).  I write this letter on behalf of the four Nations of the MTTC.

The issues raised in the Pure Salmon Campaign correspondence, both in our original letter to the King of Norway, in which you were copied, and in your response letter, are of the utmost significance and importance to the MTTC membership.  We rely on the salmon fisheries for subsistence and cultural survival and as such, we possess constitutionally protected rights to the salmon fisheries in our traditional territories under s. 35 of the Constitution Act.  On several previous occasions, we put your Ministry on notice that the salmon stocks we traditionally rely on have not been available in sufficient abundance for us to meet our basic food, social and ceremonial needs.  We therefore reviewed your letter closely and have a number of serious concerns with the inadequacy of your response that I am obliged to communicate to you on behalf of the membership.

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Conserve the Light Gathering – a First Nations and Métis energy efficiency conference

Posted on August 10, 2009, by mleung, under Uncategorized.

Media Advisory

Conserve the Light Gathering – a First Nations and Métis energy efficiency conference

(July 24, 2009) As part of the ongoing Energy Efficiency & Conservation Measures for Aboriginal Communities (EEMAC) program, Charles Fox Consulting Inc. and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will convene a Gathering of Ontario First Nations and Métis Elders and Leadership and community members from September 3, 2009 to September 4, 2009 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

A First Nations energy efficiency conference will be held on September 3 to September 4, 2009. The conference will focus on energy conservation successes, challenges and opportunities in First Nations and Métis Communities in Ontario.

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Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council responds to Marine Harvest Canada and Costal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform

Posted on August 6, 2009, by mleung, under Uncategorized.

August 6, 2009
For Immediate Release

Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Tribal Council responds to Marine Harvest Canada and Costal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform

The Musgamagw-Tsawataineuk Tribal Council (MTTC) issues this press release in response to the joint announcement of Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) and the Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform (CAAR) that the “preliminary results for their Coordinated Area Management Plan (CAMP) look positive”.

The MHC/CARR announcement states that preliminary studies indicate a lower level of sea lice on wild fish in the Broughton Archipelago during 2009, similar to 2008, than lice levels in the period 2003-2007.   The MTTC wishes to clearly communicate that the 2008 and 2009 levels of sea lice remain unacceptable as an additional risk in light of the ongoing decline of wild salmon stocks in the region and the MTTC’s reliance on the wild stocks in the exercise of our Aboriginal Rights to the food fishery.

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