Canada : Dzawada'enuxw First Nation community sues govt. for lack of consultation over operations of fish farms in their waters & negative impact on environment

Author: Emilee Gilpin, Canada's National Observer, Published on: 11 January 2019

"The Dzawada’enuxw First Nation files lawsuit against Canada on fish farms dispute", 10 Jan 2019

Dzawada'enuxw First Nation community members...filed a statement of claim in federal court in Vancouver on Thursday, arguing the federal government authorized licenses for fish farms operating in their waters, without their consultation or consent.

The claim says the fish farm operations pollute and poison wild salmon and infringe on the nation's constitutionally protected rights. Their case is the first ever rights-based challenge to the federal licensing process that fish farm companies rely on to operate along the coast of B.C...

The nation's lawyer, Jack Woodward, said the lawsuit was the latest in a series of important legal actions undertaken by the Dzawada'enuxw First Nation in the last year. In June, the nation sought an injunction to stop the renewal of licenses of nine fish farms owned and operated by companies Marine Harvest and Cermaq...

When asked about the lawsuit, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Communications Lead Dan Bate provided a response that neglected to mention the legal action...

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