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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