BC Supreme court orders protesters to leave Marine Harvest workplace

November 14, 2017
BC Supreme court orders protesters to leave Marine Harvest workplace
Marine Harvest Canada, November 14, 2017 – Campbell River, B.C.

On Tuesday November 14 the Supreme Court of British Columbia allowed for an adjournment of Marine Harvest’s application for an injunction, to allow the defence to prepare its response. During this adjournment, the court has ordered protesters to vacate Marine Harvest’s Midsummer aquaculture site.

The injunction application will be heard December 14, 2017.

The order states that “If persons re-occupy the Midsummer Site, the Plaintiff may reset its application for hearing upon 36 hours’ notice.”

The protesters have until Friday November 17, 2017, to remove all tents and structures from the private worksite.

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 protest, and after multiple requests that activists not enter the private worksite. 

The dispute surrounds Crown tenure renewal applications, due June 2018, for several of the company’s farm sites. 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 title. This important government to government discussion needs to occur so our business and many other businesses in the Province have clarity about this process,” says Vincent Erenst, Managing Director at Marine Harvest Canada. “We remain very willing to find compromise that may lead to short-term and long-term solutions.”

The tenure renewal process includes Canadian First Nations’ right to participate in consultation with the Crown (Provincial government).