The 2020 sportfishing season on B.C.’s coast is gearing up this month, and the Gitxsan Nation says it will enforce its own laws, forbidding sport fishermen from accessing the Skeena River within its traditional territory.
Since 2014, the Gitxsan nation in B.C. has issued an annual declaration about their fishing rights, but the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) have so far only agreed to talk.
The Gitxsan want the province to stop issuing permits for sport fishing, and warn that fishermen will be treated as trespassers within their traditional territory, which spans 33,000 square kilometers.
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