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Feb 20 2010

reply from the Department of Fisheries (DFO)

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From: dfo-mpo@servicecanada.gc.ca

Dear Ms. Judd,

Thank you for your email dated 12 February 2010, requesting information on the alleged lack of social services provided in the Province of British Columbia.

Unfortunately, since our service only offers basic information on the programs and services of Fisheries and Oceans Canada / Canadian Coast Guard, we cannot provide the information you requested.

We have, however, forwarded your request to a representative who will assist you further.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further assistance.

Sincerely,

General inquiries / Renseignements généraux
613-993-0999
facsimile / télécopieur: 613-990-1866
TTY/ATS: 613-941-6517
info@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fisheries and Oceans Canada | 200 Kent Street Station 13228 Ottawa ON K1A 0E6
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Government of Canada | Gouvernement du Canada

My E-mail:
Sent: February 12, 2010 2:08 AM
To: NCR, DFO MPO
Subject: starving in BC without salmon

Hello,
People in BC are starving because the salmon did not return up the Frazer River past Hell’s Gate.

Mr.Chu found out about this when he was visiting a friend in the area who took him to see the tragic situation – one particular sic (shelter…) only enough room for a bed in it – a baby in a basket hanging from the ceiling and all there was to eat was a couple of hot dogs on the floor. Mr Bill Chu went back to Vancouver, filled a truck with food an took it there in December. I heard about this on CBC – I managed to collect 147 cans of salmon which Mr.Manuel took there this week.

There are no food banks out there – no homeless shelters – no soup kitchens – it is ice and snow and hunger. I have copied Mr.Bill Chu’s e-mail to me – He says “the situation with them are indeed serious particularly with the elderly and the young”.

He called ” an almost unknown suffering”.

Please tell me if you can help these people. Can you convince the Government that salmon must be replaced with salmon – to return to the traditional Natives what was taken from them by Government policy or mismanagement or what ever reason that I don’t understand?

Also, please tell me – Should we notify World Vision or the United Nations to ask them to send food aid to these Canadian Natives? I ask this in good faith since no one I have had correspondence with in Government seems to be able to do anything or respond to my e-mails.

Please reply as soon as possible
Thank you
Priscilla Judd

Attached Quote from Mr.Chu’s email.
Hi Priscilla:

I called the Siska Band again today and found out the situation with them are indeed serious particularly with the elderly and the young. They are busy trying to get some beef from interior bands and so are happy to hear about your gift of over 100 cans of salmon. To shorten the longer trip to the Canyon, they suggest the delivery of the cans can be made to Meritt at the Nicola Tribal Council Office. The address there is #202, 2090 Coutlee Ave.. The Tribal band office number is 250-378-4235 and a contact name is Tracy although others in that office were made aware that someone from your direction will be delivering cans of salmon within a week or so.

I am copying this email to Art Manuel, an aboriginal friend I know for years who lives relatively close to you. He is kind enough to pick up and deliver the cans to Meritt ( initially he is willing to go many extra miles by going to Siska but since the Siska Band made the above arrangement, all he has to do is to drop it off at Meriitt which will be more along his way to Vancouver). So via this email, I am introducing the two of you so that you two can connect and make the appropriate pick up arrangement. For Pricilla, you may wish to add a letter/note with the cans of salmon so that the ultimate recipients will also be encouraged by the thoughts and love from ones far away. Thank you both of you for your willingness to help with an almost unknown suffering.

May God bless the merciful,

Bill Chu

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