The BCAFN and Regional Chief Terry Teegee is pleased to celebrate the National Day of First Nations Fishing Rights this coming Monday May 18th. Fishing is part of First Nations culture and identity in this province and across the country. Since time immemorial, First Nations peoples and economies have had a deep connection to the fish we harvest. Fishing is also a constitutionally protected inherent and Treaty right.
In the spirit of reconciliation and raising awareness of our shared history and future, the Assembly of First Nations National Fisheries Committee, by direction from Chiefs-in -Assembly, declared the Monday preceding May 25 a National Day of First Nations Fishing Rights in 2018.
Regional Chief Teegee is honoured to co-chair the fisheries portfolio at the AFN, one so central to our First Nations rights, economies, and cultures here in BC. “Especially during this time of challenges to the health of our fisheries from overfishing, climate change, and natural disasters like the Big Barr Slide, it’s imperative that we bring attention to the importance of fish to our communities,” said Regional Chief Teegee. “We have an added challenge this year with the COVID-19 crisis impacting people in our communities, and around the world. Food security concerns that are often an issue in our communities have been made more stark. We are underscoring the importance of physical distancing and abiding by the orders of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry,” he continued.
The Assembly of First Nations is holding a photo contest to celebrate the National Day of First Nations Fishing Rights. To entre, take a photo of yourself or your family exercising your inherent right to fish. To submit your photo to our giveaway contest, please upload to Twitter or Facebook and use the hashtag #FirstNationFishingRights and #AFNFisheries2020. Twenty winners will be chosen from all those who use the hashtag.