We are pleased to share that an agreement has been reached between the ‘Namgis, Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis, and Mamalilikulla First Nations and Cermaq Canada and Mowi Canada West in regards to the Indigenous Monitoring and Inspection Program – one of the key recommendations coming from the historic Broughton Letter of Understanding Agreement signed in December of 2018. We would also like to recognize and thank both the Province of BC and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) for support and involvement in the process.
The agreed upon program supports all sides of the table – with the priority being the health and well-being of wild salmon populations.
We would also like to recognize and acknowledge the long – and sometimes challenging – process to come to this agreement as it took trust, compromise, transparency and a collaborative mind set from all parties.
We would like to thank the Nations for their willingness to work with us and allow us to participate in the development of this precedent setting program and agreement.
This plan is significant in terms of reconciliation and reflects Cermaq’s ongoing approach to doing business in First Nation’s territories. We are committed to move forward, together, in a way that will help to protect and enhance wild salmon populations with the goal of building capacity with the nations as well as stronger relationships and trust.
To read the official, joint communication and backgrounder, please follow these links.