Dene Chiefs slam new Great Slave Lake fishery strategy

Dene Leaders at the Katlodeeche First Nation March 1-2, 2017 (Photo Submitted by Bill Erasmus)

Dene leaders from around Great Slave Lake are calling for more consultation before agreeing to any increased commercial fishing.

Katlodeeche First Nation Chief Roy Fabian hosted a meeting with leaders from five other communities last week.

“We’re not in support of the GNWT’s Great Slave Lake Commercial Fisheries Revitalization plan. If there is such a plan going to take place, we need to participate and play a role in developing the terms of reference and be at the table when the whole plan is being developed,” Fabian told CKLB.

Chiefs from the Lutselke Dene First Nation, Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Deh Gah Goti First Nation and West Point First Nation were also concerned by the lack of consultation on the fisheries strategy.

“For us to be completely ignored from this process is not a good thing,” Fabian added.

The GNWT’s strategy for fishery revitalization aims to triple the amount of fish harvested to 1.3 million kilograms annually by 2021.

The Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s attended the meeting last week with Dene National Chief Erasmus on the Hay River Reserve, but members the GNWT’s department of Industry Tourism and Investment did not.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He worked as a sports writer in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario. Between journalistic duties in the NWT and Yukon, Campbell was a speechwriter for former NWT MP Dennis Bevington, and Sahtu MLA Norman Yakeleya.

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