Heiltsuk elected chief councillor Marilyn Slett locked inside the DFO office on Denny Island on the B.C. central coast, in protest of the re-opening of the disputed herring fishery on Monday. Photo by Mychaylo Prystupa.
After a dramatic day of not knowing if the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Pacific Regional Director would come up to settle a herring fishery conflict, Sue Farlinger finally flew in Monday afternoon to Heiltsuk territory to resume negotiations, as protests at DFO offices in Vancouver and Bella Bella grew.
She was met with an honour welcome with drums and singing, despite strong feelings that the federal government is pushing to re-open the commercial fishery against Heiltsuk opposition.
“I think her presence here is long over due. DFO has had many opportunities in the past weeks, months and frankly years to intervene on this issue,” said Jessie Housty, Heiltsuk elected councillor late…
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