Is Canada Committing ‘Salmon-cide’, or Could it be a Cultural Genocide?

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As early as 1866, a member of the British Boundary Commission wrote in his travel account: “Salmon is of the most vital importance to the Indians: deprived or by any means cut off from obtaining it, starve to death they must; and were we at war with the Redskins, we need only cut them off from their salmon fisheries to have them completely at our mercy” The Naturalis, from First Nations

Dr. Alexandra Morton has been battling to save the salmon for decades. Bottom picture shows lice on young fish.

500,000 virus-infected baby Atlantic salmon are going to be put into one of the most vigorous remaining environments of wild salmon, into sea pens in the waterways around the coast of British Columbia.  Strong currents carry the diseases from these pens throughout the wild salmon migration route, infecting the wild fish and leaving their hearts too weak to swim up river to spawn, or in other cases suffocating from gills so coated with mucus that the salmon can’t extract oxygen from the water.
For this reason, the film Salmon Confidential is one of the most frightening documentaries I’ve watched, frightening because there is no way to understand how the Canadian government can let this continue, nor why they actively suppress evidence and try to muzzle the scientists fighting to protect wild salmon from wholesale destruction.
It makes no sense, and to try and understand the situation I did a bit of research into who would gain if the wild salmon were decimated, and as I researched the concept of salmoncide came to mind. It just appears as though someone, somewhere wants the wild salmon gone.
-Most likely of course are the four companies that run the fish farms, the biggest of which is the Norwegian company Marine Harvest, followed by two other Norwegian companies, together they have 96% of the licenses. The one Canadian company has the remaining 4%, hardly enough for Canada to see enough financial gain, the profits are leaving the country. (Farmed and Dangerous)
-Next would be all the industries that are prevented from otherwise developing their own interests by the need to protect the wild salmon – this would be anyone who wants to dam, dredge, or develop.
-Then come all of those who just wish the marine mammals such as the orcas would disappear – fishermen and developers again.
It still didn’t make sense that the government would be influenced by foreign private industry to this degree.  So I started looking at what is a problem for the government, a big enough headache that they would let foreign companies destroy the wild salmon.  It has to be bigger than a handful of frustrated developers being forced to build away from streams and wetlands.
All I could come up with is the ongoing battle with the Indigenous tribes.

The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized a constitutional right of aboriginal peoples to a food, social and ceremonial fishery, yet conflict continues as a consequence of the unresolved issues of Aboriginal Title and Rights. See: Aboriginal Rights to Fish in BC (Scow Institute). High profile politicians including the Prime Minister of Canada and the Minister of Indian Affairs have provocatively flamed the Indian land issues by publicly asserting in 2007 that the aboriginal fishery is “race based,” refusing to acknowledge that it is based on the use and management of Indian possessions from long before British colonization.

Treaty rights are recent, raw, and limited in scope leading to huge conflicts in forestry, mining, hunting, fishing, and development.

Canada’s so called “Indian Problem” is caused by the illegal occupation of First Nations land by settlers. The dilemma results from the colonial state’s failure to resolve the issue of the indigenous peoples’ right to own and use their lands and resources. Aboriginal Title was confirmed in 1997 by the Supreme Court of Canada decision: Delgamuukw v. BC. In BC, where only a tiny fraction of the land is under treaty, land rights are most contentious.

The land is a physical representation of our spirituality. The natural resources must be protected. Our very essence and worldview is threatened by multinational industries such as mining, oil, gas, lumber, and water” Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs
This is a scenario that has been played out wherever Western ideology encountered indigenous lifestyle – and inevitably the result over time has been the same – destruction of the environment and culture. Native people are removed by any means available and the resources of the land are stripped along with human rights.
It might be salmoncide, but it looks an awful lot like cultural genocide.
“Here is where you come in – tell these political leaders you support them in removing salmon farms, but you need to know they are serious. We need them to tell us, if elected, exactly when and how they will get these salmon farms out of BC’s waters”.  Please sign the petition, no matter where you live –
We are a global community and so we also need signatures from outside Canada to remind these leaders it is their responsibility to safe-guard this piece of our world.” Farmed salmon is distributed worldwide.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs observed “Commissioner Cohen’s exhaustive work highlighted the Harper Government’s great efforts to undermine, under-fund and greatly restrict the federal government’s role in fish habitat protection. Cohen wrote about the duplicity and complete failure of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, created on the basis to preserve and maintain all fish stocks, most especially the indigenous runs of Pacific wild salmon, but as a department under this federal government has become a stooge for the open-net fish farm industry.” From Wild Salmon is the First and Foremost Priority

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