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Canada's First Nations fisheries success stories shared at forum by Holly Conners May 17,2017   |  Source: CBC News

Close to 300 Indigenous people have gathered in Cape Breton's Membertou First Nation to learn about new fishery and aquaculture opportunities at the third annual National Indigenous Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum.

Government and business people from Canada, the United States and Mexico are making connections, sharing success stories, and learning how to grow and diversity fisheries and aquaculture opportunities in Indigenous communities.

Ted Walkus, the hereditary chief of Wuikinuxv Nation in Rivers Inlet, B.C., said the goal is to create economic opportunity by protecting fish stocks and the environment.

"It's extremely important," he said.

Although the tiny B.C. community has a population as low as 60 people during the winter, it has a success story to share. Walkus said his area has a unique run of exceptionally large Chinook salmon.

The community wanted to preserve the species and create jobs. Through a partnership with two nearby sport fishing lodges, a salmon hatchery was constructed on the First Nation's land that now employs four people.

"When you hire four people out of 60 people in a community, you're making a difference," he said.

Waycobah First Nation in Cape Breton has its own success story.

"Two years ago, the band made a courageous

 

© 2017 CBC/Radio-Canada

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