Ahousaht First Nations: Why we support salmon farming in our community
The Ahousaht First Nation signed a new protocol agreement with Cermaq Canada (then known as Mainstream) in 2010.
Ahousaht is located on Flores Island in Clayoquot Sound and only accessible by boat or plane. A member of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, Ahousaht is the largest nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
Sustainable economic development is a challenge for our remote community. The commercial fishery that our parents and grandparents remember is long gone. We are working toward ensuring the social sustainability of the Ahousaht people and the environmental sustainability of the Hahoulthee of the Hawiih, our traditional territory.
We have worked closely with Cermaq. We have our eyes and ears on the farm sites because our people work there. There is no better way to monitor our environment than to be involved in the day-to-day operations. We believe our farms are operated sustainably and produce a healthy product.
Jobs and training opportunities have been created for our youth. Our protocol agreement supports jobs that support our families and raise their standard of living. We believe Cermaq has been a good partner for our nation.
In any society, no matter how large or small, there are differences of opinion. We have looked closely at the salmon farm industry over the years, and, more recently, have partnered with it. We have looked closely at the facts and have had an open dialogue. We will continue to discuss concerns any of our members have, in a respectful way that honours our nation.
Monday, Aug. 29th, 2016