Namgis hereditary traditional leader William H. Wasden Jr. has joined traditional and elected Dzawada'enuxw leader Willie Moon on the RV Martin Sheen as we make our way south along the eastern Vancouver Island shoreline. They were greeted in Nanaimo by the Snuneymuxw, Snaw-Naw-As and Ditidaht Nations.  200 people, indigenous and non-indigenous, walked through the streets of Nanaimo andIMG_0456IMG_0689IMG_0651IMG_0650 locked arms in support of freeing the Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw territory of the salmon farms that are taking a terrible toll on their wild fish. There were 50 people in Campbell River, 150 in Comox and over 200 in Nanaimo.  There were strong words of support and gratitude from southern nations to the northern nations.Nanaimo banner The salmon farming industry is trying desperately to downplay the events of the past three weeks - the boarding of a farm to serve eviction notices, performing ceremony on two additional farms, and now events down Vancouver Island to meet with other nations. The salmon farming industry is weakly suggesting this has all been organized by me and Sea Shepherd.  Ha! Sea Shepherd has provided a ship, I provide 30 years of experience with the biology, and politics, but anyone who knows the Dzawada'enuxw are no doubt laughing at the suggestion any outsider is going to lead them!  I have lived in their territory for 30 years and must provide all the support that I can to their fight to protect their world, but they are a strong, fiercely independent people.IMG_0541 The salmon farming industry has had its chance to show respect and demonstrate that they can operate without spreading sea lice, polluting the sea floor and using diseased fish, but they have failed. In fact, they are going backwards with renewed sea louse outbreaks in 2015 and 2016 and increased antibiotic use for bacterial diseases such as winter ulcer, mouth rot and furunculosis. Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 8.34.04 AM The industry has had their chance and they have failed. They are destroying the future of the Musqamagw Dzawada'enuxw and so the Nation is rising to protect wild salmon and their children and they are locking arms with the nations of the coast. IMG_0525 In Campbell River, George Quocksister Jr. and his family went to the Marine Harvest head office. They were dressed in regalia. They went to deliver an eviction notice.  Marine Harvest locked their doors and hired a security officer as if they were going to be attacked! When the crew went to see if the office was open a few hours later, they found chief George Quocksister's eviction notice had been left on a bench outside the office.  They slid it under the door.  160829-SA-_DSC3149160829-SA-_DSC3143 The Musgamagw Dzawada'enuxw will be in Victoria on Saturday, September 3, 1 pm at the Parliament Buildings to deliver a letter to the BC government in person.  The BC government is acting as the landlord to this dirty industry, but the licence of occupation that they have issued to each salmon farm can be rescinded, with no compensation to the companies if the farms are not in the public interest... Dzawada'enuxw Martin Sheen