- Maureen Luggi
- Mina Holmes
- Reg Mueeler
- Mary Teegee
Juvenile Nechako White Sturgeon Release Event – Riverside Park, Vanderhoof
Media Advisory / Photo Opportunity
Event: Release of 1-year old hatchery born Nechako White Sturgeon into the Nechako River
When: Friday May 4, 2018
Time: 09:00 am to 15:00
Where: Riverside Park in Vanderhoof. 3100 Burrard Ave adjacent to the Nechako River
Participants: 526 children from School District 91, Dignitaries, Vanderhoof Mayor, District of Vanderhoof, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC staff, and members of the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative’s (NWSRI) Community and Technical Working Groups.
This outreach and stewardship event of the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative will see over 500 elementary age school children from the Nechako Watershed each name and release a hatchery reared 1-year old juvenile Nechako white sturgeon into the Nechako River. The sturgeon are on average 150g and were reared at the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre in Vanderhoof. This event also has the students circulate through a number of educational booths that focus on different aspects of fish biology, river ecology, the Nechako watershed and research conducted by the NWSRI’s Technical Working Group partners.
The release event will take place on May 4, 2018, at Riverside Park in Vanderhoof. The event is open to the public. However, due to the limited number of fish to release, releasing a fish will be offered to elementary school aged children only. The NWSRI has partnered with the District of Vanderhoof, School District 91, Habitat Stewardship Program, Rio Tinto, Avison Management Services, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, and Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC to put on this event. Volunteers includes high-school and university students, as well as members from a number of non-profit groups.
In April 2001, the Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative’s Community Working Group (CWG) was created. The CWG is composed of individuals that represent First Nations, non-government environmental organizations, industry, local and regional governments, and affected public. The CWG focuses on increasing the public’s awareness and knowledge about the recovery process. To learn more about NWSRI please visit www.nechakowhitesturgeon.org.
The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC was created in 2003 as a private, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the enhancement and conservation of BC’s freshwater fish resources for the benefit of the public. The Society operates the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre. To learn more about the Society and its programs, visit gofishbc.com
For more information contact:
Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative
Michelle Roberge, NWSRI Coordinator
Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative
Community Working Group Chair
Cory Williamson, Hatchery Manager
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
T: 250-567-6673 E: Cory.Williamson@gofishbc.com
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council showing support for the victims of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. The initiative #JerseysforHumboldt was first proposed on Facebook by a group of hockey parents in British Columbia as a way to honour the Saskatchewan junior hockey team.
Kinder Morgan is poised to start a key phase of construction on a pipeline and tanker project that would put hundreds of rivers and streams at risk of oil spills — but a powerful movement is rising up to defend the land, water, and climate.
On March 10th Coast Salish spiritual leaders and members raised a traditional Coast Salish Watch House near the pipeline route which will act as a base for resistance to the project. 10,000 people in Metro Vancouver marched in solidarity on the same day. Now, Indigenous leaders and local residents are preparing to take bold action on the ground.
A massive people-powered confrontation in BC is already tarnishing Trudeau’s reputation as a progressive leader committed to climate action, coastal protection, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples — and if we show how big the national movement against pipelines is we can convince the Trudeau Liberals that pushing for Kinder Morgan to be built is not in their best interest.
On March 23rd, people across the country will take to the streets for a National Day of Action to Defend the Water. We’ll gather outside our MP’s offices, and then go inside to deliver samples of water collected from the coastline in BC threatened by Kinder Morgan oil spills. With the power of water from the frontlines of resistance, we’ll demand that our MPs put pressure on Trudeau to stop pushing for the pipeline.
For more information click on the links below:
March 14, 2018
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Mourns the Loss of Esteemed Dakelh Leader Justa Monk of Tl’azt’en Nation
Dakelh Territory, Prince George: The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is mourning the loss of one of its most influential and respected leaders, Justa Monk of Tl’azt’en Nation. He served as Tribal Chief of the Carrier-Sekani Tribal Council from 1981-1983 and again from 1990-1994. His lengthy career as an elected politician ended last summer when he resigned as the Chief of Tl’azt’en Nation.
As a child Justa lived and worked on the land of his ancestors with his family and Clan where he learned the Dakelh language and culture. However, as with most Indigenous children, he eventually was forced into the Residential School system. After spending a number of years learning and working in the Lejac School, life became increasingly intolerable and dangerous and he fled with his brother. The trauma of his experiences in the school overcame Justa and he struggled for years with his personal demons.
Justa found his way back from a life of alcohol, violence and pain, and with the help and encouragement of his Elders he transformed his grief and loss into a passion to fight for social and cultural change and he went on to enter into a political career. As the founding Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, Justa helped to build a powerful political institution which brought together many Dakelh/Sekani Nations and voices all working together toward common goals.
As a leader, Justa Monk was outspoken and forceful in his manner toward his fellow Chiefs and the people who worked for and with him. He was passionate about changing the circumstances of his family and the people for whom he was responsible, and had been impoverished by the Canadian colonial systems.
Justa was optimistic and believed a better future was attainable for the Dakelh people. He entered politics to fight against oppression, poverty and violence within the Dakelh Nation and advocated toward building cooperative relationships with non-Indigenous peoples. Over the past few months Justa served on the Traditional Governance Steering Committee for the Carrier Sekani First Nations as it begins its work to move forward the transformation of Dakelh governance.
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Contact: Deputy Chief Reg Mueller (250)562-6279.
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council phones are now working!
The Carrier Sekani First Nations (CSFNs) are working on developing a Dakelh governance framework. Towards this end an ALL CLANS GATHERING will be held on Saturday March 31, 2018. Click on the link below for more information on this work:
Click on the link below for more information on the ALL CLANS GATHERING:
Monday December 11 in Prince George
The UN Declaration defines the minimum standards necessary for the survival, dignity and well-being of indigenous peoples of the world. The international community has already taken an important and positive step towards the recognition of indigenous peoples’ rights through the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is now time to move towards the implementation of the UN Declaration’s provisions.
Check out this video of AFN Symposium regarding the UN Declaration implementation held at the University of Quebec last week.
Additional links to check out regarding the Implementation of UNDRIP: