Debates of the Senate  
1st Session, 41st Parliament, Volume 148, Issue 172
  Tuesday, June 11, 2013
 
Bill C-62: Yale First Nation Treaty (Second Reading)
Senator Dyck: I thank both honourable senators for their speeches. Senator Campbell brought up the issue of overlap. I know the Sto:lo were concerned about the Five Mile Fishery. What does the honourable senator see happening in the future? Will this agreement in any way affect the development of a solution? Will it create a roadblock? Is there still a way for them to work together to come to some kind of solution?

Senator Campbell: I believe there is always a way to come to some kind of solution. I am concerned about comments from the Sto:lo Nation about violence in the summer, not directed against the Yale First Nation but against the RCMP and fisheries who will be on the river. I do not think statements such as that are conducive to moving forward.

The Yale First Nation has said to the Sto:lo that they allow them full access to Five Mile. Their only concern is that they also want to ensure that the land is not used for partying or illegal activities and that the resource is protected.

I believe that once the light is a little dimmer on the whole thing, they will be able to get together. I have spoken to the Yale First Nation, and there is no intent on their part to deny the Sto:lo the ability to fish the Fraser. That is not it, and they have said, "You have full access here." What they want to do is to ensure that what happens on their land is legal and above board.

Senator Dyck: For my clarification, I think the honourable senator said that the Sto:lo will have full access to fishing on the Five Mile Fishery site. That was a main issue of contention for them, but the Yale Nation has agreed to that.

Senator Campbell: Yes. To further clarify, I think that there are many different First Nations and many different families. Most of the sites on the river are family sites. There is no question that, at times, different First Nations have fished the Five Mile. Perhaps they have said, "This is our fish camp." They will not stop the families from going fishing there. All they want you to know is that there are rules to be obeyed, and then everyone will be fine.