See the attached notice for information on beach openings for butter clams and cockles from the Metlakatla Fisheries Program.
Community Justice Forum: The need for food fish permits.
By Lyle Tami Yorke
Oct. 29, 2013
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about events I have been dealing with for the past three years regarding food fishing I was doing in Prince Rupert Harbour. As I didn’t have a food fishing permit I was charged under Section 26 of the Pacific Fishery Regulations that reads “no person shall fish except under the Authority of a licence issued under these regulations, or the aboriginal communal fishing licences regulations” and Section 33 of the Fisheries Act “No person shall purchase, sell or possess fish that has been caught in contravention of this act”. Rather than continue to dispute these charges through the courts, I have agreed to take full responsibility for my actions through the Restorative Justice program. As part of taking responsibility for my actions, I want toshare my story with you and to reassure you that I now understand Metlakatla Fisheries’ position on food fish permits and why only registered members are allowed to fish under the Metlakatla communal food fishing licence.
About three years ago I was fishing crab for some family members who are registered with Metlakatla. I myself am registered with the Old Massett Band but my mother’s side of the family is from Metlakatla. I was approached by a Fisheries Officer when I returned to the dock with a load of crab. I informed the Officer that I did not have a food fish permit but had family links with Metlakatla. The Officer seized the crab and some gear. I understand that the DFO Fisheries Officer then consulted with Metlakatla regarding the situation and DFO had support from Metlakatla to proceed with further enforcement actions. Since then, I have made to make numerous appearances over the past three years at the Provincial Courthouse in Prince Rupert trying to resolve the issue and had once turned down an offer to pursue the Restorative justice program. The past three years have been very stressful on myself, my family, and I understand Metlakatla Fisheries as well who have also had to deal with this case. To resolve the issue, I agreed to participate in the Restorative Justice program as I acknowledged willingness to take responsibility for my actions. As part of this program I was able to discuss with Metlakatla, Lax Kw’alaams, Gitxaala, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans how First Nations manage their food fishery and the impact of non band members fishing in their territories. I now realise that issuing permits is one of the tools that First Nations fisheries programs rely on to manage access to food resources within their territory. As well, I am now aware that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans issues each First Nation a communal fishing licence each year that covers a variety of species and that the communal licence indicates that the First Nation is the one who decides who can fish under their communal licence. This is consistent with traditional customs where visiting First Nations would have to ask permission to fish in a First Nations territory.
I would like to let everyone know if they have family members who aren’t registered with the Metlakatla Band that those family members aren’t automatically allowed to fish under the Metlakatla communal licence. If Metlakatla Fisheries designates a non registered person to fish under the Metlakatla communal licence, any fish that person catches is taken off the Metlakatla allocation. Therefore, if Metlakatla issues a permit to a non registered band member, it means less fish are available to registered band members. With this in mind, I want to assure everyone that it was not my intention to take food away from Metlakatla members. I encourage any band members who are unsure about the Metlakatla communal fishing licence and how food fishing permits work to contact Metlakatla Fisheries in order to avoid the unfortunate misunderstanding I had that led to three years of stress for myself and Metlakatla Fisheries.
Seeking Photos for Catch Calendar -
The Metlakatla Fisheries program is looking for photo submissions for this year's catch calendar! For more information, please see the attached posting.
Public Notice - See the attached posting for notice on beaches opened by the Metlakatla Fisheries program for cockles harvesting.
Metlakatla Stewardship Office has a Crab (FR15) Area `B` License available for the 2014 season.
Please provide: a proposal with a description of your vessel and equipment, as well as all related experience. Also detail any employment opportunities and food fish that you will supply in your bid, Offers need to be received in the mail or hand delivered to our office - extended to Januarya 17th, 2013. Decisions relating to the lease are made by a selection committee. The Stewardship Office will also abide by the license lease criteria. Please submit your proposal and business plan with description of vessel and all related experience to Metlakatla Fisheries Program Attention: William Beynon. Fax:250-628-9205 or email WBeynon@metlakatla.ca. For more information on how to submit, contact the Band Office at (250) 628 3234.
Coast Tsimshian Enterprises Logo Contest
Open to Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla Members. Coast Tsimshian Enterprises would like the design to reflect both communities.
Grand prize: $1000...
The winner will relinquish all copyrights and trademarks to Coast Tsimshian Enterprises
Contest closing date: Oct 30th, 2013
Submit to: c/o Gwendolyn Green @ 150-110 1st Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC V8J-1A8
email: email@example.com Fax:250-627-5933 Telephone:250-627-5733
OR Submit to: Myra Robinson @ firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone:250-628-3201
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual General Meeting of the Metlakatla Development Corporation will be held at the North Coast Meeting & Convention Centre located at 240 West 1st Avenue Prince Rupert, BC at 9:30 a.m. on November 13, 2013.
All Metlakatla Band members over the age of nineteen are invited to attend. Metlakatla Development Corporation Directors and all subsidiary company employees are also invited to attend.
ITEMS OF BUSINESS:
1. To report on the business activities for the last year.
2. To receive and consider Annual Financial Statements for the year ending, March 31, 2013.
3. To elect two directors by the Shareholders.
By Order of the Board
Brenda J. Leighton, Secretary
Dated at Metlakatla, B.C. this 1st day of October, 2013
Visit our website for additional meeting information (agenda, etc.) www.metlakatla.ca or call our office (250) 628-3201.
Fisheries Bivalve Testing Results.
See the attached posting for PSP results from this September 2013. Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning has been detected at above toxic levles (toxic levels are above 80 ug, and the results showed 140 ug) in the area. The harvest of shellfish is not recommended.
Do you have questions about what proposed natural gas pipelines and terminals will mean for Metlakatla members and for Prince Rupert? Metlakatla will be hosting an Industry day this November for companies looking to develop within Metlakatla territory. Companies will be asked to give presentations, to answer questions and explain their projects to our membership. We want to make sure that companies provide information on what YOU are concerned about. You may want to know more on…
- What will the benefits be to Metlakatla members?
- How will these projects impact marine navigation and/or fishing?
- How will the companies manage the influx of workers?
- And any other question you may have
Please submit your questions to the Communications Coordinator, Veronika Stewart at (250) 628 3234 (ext. 28) or email email@example.com
BACKGROUND: Liquefied natural gas, or LNG as it is commonly called, is natural gas that has been converted to liquid state for ease of transport or storage. Gas is transported via pipeline to LNG terminals, where it is then shipped via LNG car-riers (large capacity ships). The LNG that would be transported through the territory would come from Northeastern BC, and generally ships to Asian economies. There are currently 6 LNG projects proposed in the Prince Rupert area. Each proposed LNG terminal has a proposed pipeline component to transport the natural gas from Northeastern BC to the facility. Currently, there are 6 pipelines to Prince Rupert and Kitimat that have initiated the Environmental Assessment process (which takes 1-2 years). Construction and implementation of these pipelines depends upon an approved environmental assessment. The pipeline routes traverse numerous First Nations territories in addition to Metlakatla’s, all of whom have the potential to influence how the projects advance. Two of the proposed pipelines have seabed/ underwater locations that run through Metlakatla and Lax Kw’alaams. Members of the Metlakatla Stewardship Office are representing Metlakatla’s interests in all of the environmental assessment processes for pipelines and terminals.
3 day workshop on Career and Personal Planning and Job Readiness from September 4th, 5th and 6th from 9am-4pm daily. For more information on how to apply, check out the poster. POSTPONED UNTIL JANUARY 6/7/8/9/10 2014 (workshop will be held evenings from 6pm to 9pm)- If you were/are interested in attending, please send contact information to Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi of Hunt Jinnouchi Enterprises at firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified about the upcoming workshop. And keep your eyes and ears open for more training opportunities!
TREATY DVD available to Metlakatla members. Attached find link to Member Information sheet. This can be completed online and returned by email to Joycelynn Mitchell at email@example.com OR you can print it and mail/fax it to the Treaty Office. As soon as we have your mailing address, we will mail you your copy of the DVD. If you have any questions, contact Joycelynn Mitchell or Barb Petzelt at the Treaty Office (250) 628-3315.
Click the link to see information on being added to a list of casual workers and training opportunities for membership
Click the link to view information on the new Traditional Land Use and Ecological Knowledge study. Researchers are seeking information from membership regarding their knowledge and memories from different areas of the traditional territory.
Click on the link to view information and photos of the 2 elders homes now available to rent. Interested members should apply to the Housing Committee via Ron Smith, Director of Public Works at (250) 628 3234 (ext. 25) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the link to view information on the Capacity Development Survey .
Click on the link to view information on Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.
Click on the link to view information on the Clam Harvest Closure.
Click on the link to view information on Crab License Tender Posting.
Click on the link to view information on a GIS Training opportunity.
WANT TO BE KEPT UP-TO-DATE on Metlakatla events? Request to be included in the Membership Email distribution list. Whenever there is information that may benefit a Metlakatla member (job postings, community meetings, workshops, etc.), an email will be sent. If you want to be included in this list, please sent an email to Joycelynn Mitchell at email@example.com requesting to be added to the list. This is where you will find postings like announcements, events, new programs, opportunities (not job/training related).