Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

A year on, anger brews over Trudeau's inaction on indigenous rights


“I can’t sustain my family on 190 pieces of chinook.” Andrew Webster, a Nuu-chah-nulth elder, still relies on the seas for a living, but these days his aboriginal allocation from the federal government doesn’t amount to much.

As a child, Mr. Webster would head out from his Ahousaht community in a dugout canoe to catch chinook salmon. He has been fishing the waters around Flores Island off Vancouver Island’s west coast ever since. He bought a 36-foot trawler in 1972, just in time to enjoy the good days, when herring prices went through the roof and the sockeye run was strong.

But last year, it was hardly even worth fuelling the Flora Queen.


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