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Heiltsuk Nation sues federal government over ban on herring spawn fishery – CBC

Feb 28, 2024

B.C. First Nation claims the ban from the federal fisheries minister infringes on its Aboriginal rights

A British Columbia First Nation is suing the federal government for banning one of its commercial fisheries back in 2022.

The Heiltsuk Nation claims the federal fisheries minister’s decision to close the commercial harvest of herring spawn-on-kelp in the nation’s territory was an infringement of its Aboriginal rights.

In a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court against the Attorney General of Canada, the nation claims it developed joint management plans for harvests with staff from the Fisheries Department for several years leading up to 2022.

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