When salmon farming began in British Columbia in the 1970s, the Indigenous peoples of our coast were rarely consulted, let alone communicated with, when it came to the placement, operation and impact of farms.
Things have changed drastically in the past four decades, with Indigenous consent, partnership and engagement a priority for how BC salmon farmers operate. At Grieg BC, we strive to be good partners and commit to the path to reconciliation every day with Indigenous peoples, partners and communities along the coast where we work and live.
In BC and in Canada, steps towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples has moved to the forefront of government, industry and social priorities. In 2019, the Government of British Columbia passed Bill 41, which officially implemented into law in the province the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Reconciliation is defined as a long-term commitment rooted in Canada’s pledge to build a renewed relationship with its Indigenous peoples that are based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.
“It is important to us as a company to respectfully appreciate the rich history, knowledge and rights of coastal Indigenous peoples, while acknowledging that we operate our farms, hatcheries and offices on their traditional lands and waterways with their permission,” says Rocky Boschman, Managing Director of Grieg Seafood BC.
“To us, reconciliation means going beyond the engagement required by our regulators. It means changing – changing how we communicate, how we involve our Indigenous partners in our operations and, most importantly, how we think and act as a company…”
For more on Grieg’s Indigenous relationships, please visit the pages in the Indigenous Relationships drop-down menu.