B.C. Supreme court to hear arguments on Marine Harvest injunction application
December 14, 2017 – Vancouver, B.C.
Today, a British Columbia Supreme court will hear arguments regarding Marine Harvest’s application for an injunction against activists at its Midsummer aquaculture site located near Port McNeill, B.C.
Marine Harvest’s application for injunction comes after the company’s repeated efforts to seek dialogue with local First Nation leaders for a safe and peaceful resolution to the protest, and after multiple requests that activists not enter the private worksite.
“We have sought this injunction after many months of activist activity and numerous failed attempts to begin dialogue with protest organizers. Our staff must be able to work in a safe environment, and free of harassment and intimidation,” says Vincent Erenst, Marine Harvest Canada’s managing director.
Marine Harvest had delayed its business operations to accommodate the safety of protesters, and to allow for dialogue with local First Nation leaders.
“First Nation leadership have made it clear to us that their issue is primarily about indigenous rights and consultation and wish to speak government to government. This important discussion needs to occur so our business – and many other businesses in the Province that utilize Crown lands – have clarity about this process. Throughout this process we remain very willing to find compromise that may lead to short-term and long-term solutions.”
Located on Vancouver Island, Marine Harvest Canada operates within the traditional territories of 24 First Nations and has formal agreements with 15 of these Nations and seven First Nation-owned businesses. It is one of the region’s largest private employers, with about 600 employees dedicated to raising and processing fresh salmon.