On Wednesday August 24, the Lake Babine First Nation celebrated the opening of a smokehouse in the community of Tachet. It was an event which shouldn’t have been that remarkable when you consider that the Lake Babine people operated traditional salmon weirs on Babine Lake and the Babine River for thousands of years. But that all ended in 1906, when government banned their traditional fishery.
What this means is that the Tachet smokehouse opening, which happened in cooperation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and regional conservation organizations, marks “the revival of a salmon fishery taken from the Lake Babine Nation over a century ago.”
Indigenous title and rights, and the repatriation of resource access to First Nations and community-based, independent fishermen and small boat fleets, is fundamentally important to building a vibrant and healthy society. Our point being: this is really good news, and shows that First Nations knowledge in fisheries is reaching new, and needed, heights. Congratulations!
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