The Gwa’sala ‘Nakwaxda’xw First Nation is working to find an amicable agreement with DFO after the department interrupted the Nation’s food fishery.
Through their aboriginal rights, the First Nation is allowed to collect fish before the commercial season opens up, but this year DFO opened commercial fishing early.
Chief Paddy Walkus says the Nation understands that commercial fishing is important, and they will continue to work with the DFO to find a solution that works for both parties.
Last week, 100 community members gathered outside the Port Hardy DFO office as part of a peaceful protest.
20 members of the Nation were also protesting in Smith Inlet.