Adam Olsen introduces his first private members bill called the First Nations Heritage Protection and Conservation Act 2017. This bill is a first step towards recognizing that Indigenous burial sites and sacred heritage sites should have the same respect and protection as non-Indigenous sites.
B.C. GREEN CAUCUS
For immediate release
October 26, 2017
Adam Olsen introduces bill to protect Indigenous sacred sites and heritage objects
VICTORIA, B.C. – Adam Olsen, B.C. Green Party spokesperson for the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, today introduced the First Nations Heritage Protection and Conservation Act. Earlier versions of the Private Member’s Bill, which is aimed at protecting Indigenous sacred sites such as burial grounds and heritage objects, were introduced six times by former B.C. NDP MLA Maurine Karagianis.
I have been concerned about the farming of Atlantic salmon on the British Columbia coast for many years.
The central question for me is why do we even need to farm salmon? Have we forgotten the old fish stories of the wild Pacific salmon filling the creeks, streams, bays and inlets so thick “you could walk across their backs to the other side?”
The Pacific salmon is a keystone species in British Columbia. Not only is this iconic fish one of our most important renewable resources for the provincial economy but the Pacific salmon provide critical nutrients to countless species of plants and animals along our coast and deep into the heart of our Province. The wild Pacific salmon is part of our heart and soul.