A confrontation between the Heiltsuk First Nation and the federal government that threatened to erupt into a “war on the water” appears to have ended with the commercial fleet leaving the central coast, where the industry had been waiting for a disputed fishery to open.
“We’re pretty ecstatic here,” Carrie Humchitt, legal services co-ordinator for the Heiltsuk said Wednesday. “We’re just waiting for official confirmation, but we’ve received word through channels that all of the industry boats will be pulling out.”
See videos below of Heilsuk Nation representatives from the steps of the DFO building in Vancouver.
March 26, 2015, Release. The Heiltsuk nation and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) failed to reach an agreement concerning the controversial herring gillnet fishery during talks on Wednesday afternoon.