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Aboriginal Peoples and Marine Harvest Canada Working together

Marine Harvest Canada's fish farms operate within the traditional territories of many First Nations people. The relationship with aboriginal culture is important to our business and is based on economic, social, environmental, cultural and legal considerations. Two good examples of these relationships can be found in our interaction with the Kitasoo/Xai'xais and the Quatsino First Nations.

The Kitasoo/Xai'xais people live in Klemtu, about 500 kilometres northwest of Vancouver. Klemtu, with a population of 450, can only be reached by boat or by air. With an economy based on fisheries, fish farming, forestry and tourism, the community enjoys a high level of employment and active involvement in business and economic development initiatives. During the past decade, Marine Harvest Canada has partnered with the Kitasoo in development of a state-of-the-art salmon aquaculture program that processes 5,000 tonnes of salmon a year from local farms.

Learn more about the Kitasoo/Marine Harvest Canada joint venture in fish farming.

[View video, "Marine Harvest & Klemtu: Ten Years"]

[Download Northern Aquaculture Article]

The Quatsino First Nation and Marine Harvest Canada have jointly implemented a project that looks at the relationship between our fish farms in Quatsino Sound on Vancouver Island's west coast and shellfish that are a cultural resource of the Quatsino people. We also support the Quatsino First Nation interest in commercial shellfish aquaculture.

Marine Harvest Canada & BC's First Nations: Respect, Partnership & Opportunity