Dear Cyndy Grant,
CC: Coast Mountain News
Re: Letter to Interfor to protect Labouchere Channel from logging
My letter is a protest regarding the application by International Forest Products Limited of Campbell River for a foreshore license of occupation – industrial, Log handling (six sites) in Labouchere Channel – according to File number 1413669.
While the Canadian government is short-circuiting all habitat protection in favour of resource extraction, it has no jurisdiction over Nuxalkmc territory.
The Nuxalkmc have lived here for thousands years. The land was never ceded to the Canadian government through treaty; therefore, the Canadian government has no right to negotiate the use of Crown lands. Furthermore, in a session of the United Nations, the Canadian government signed the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. They have agreed to stand by that Declaration. The B.C. and Canadian governments have no jurisdiction in Nuxalk territory. I refer you to the Royal proclamation of 1763, as additional support for my reasoning.
Our family eats wild salmon three to four times every week. We live on salmon. If the salmon die, we will die. Salmon and marine life has kept First Nations people alive for thousands of years. The Nuxalkmc have struggled over centuries to be good stewards of their territory. They had a culture that knew how to live in concert with their natural elements. They had to do so or die.
We can’t eat paper money and keep living. Marine life for us is priceless. When I say “NO” to logging, I am saying “YES” to my food supply. SOS = save our Salmon!!!
You are asking for permission for a license to kill off entire species of marine life, wild life, vegetation, and, in the end, human life. We are a small part of the food chain and we have to protect our food source from unnatural disasters. I believe that the end result of logging in this area will be a disaster.
I strongly object to this application by Interfor for logging in Labouchere Channel.
Yours,Gail MoodyBella Coola, B.C.