The Progress – Dec. 8, 2016
Tensions have eased considerably between the recreational fishing sector and First Nations fisheries of the Fraser River.
It has taken years to reach a détente and it’s not by accident.
Chehalis Chief Willie Charlie was shot in the face in 2009 with a pellet gun and his boat was rammed when a drift net and gear became entangled with that of recreational anglers.
It’s a whole different vibe on the water today.
That infamous altercation on the river became a catalyst of sorts for the creation of the volunteer-based Fraser River Peacemakers, who have been working toward conflict resolution on a collaborative basis, focused on stewardship, river safety, and education ever since.
Now the group is being awarded the National Recreational Fisheries Award for 2017.
Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc wrote to the Fraser River Peacemakers last month to say they had been selected…