Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s mission is “to ensure a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent sovereign powers of the tribes.” They generally keep their discussions and experiences within their organization, however our goal is to broaden their outreach and create a more open conversation regarding fishing and the future success of the Columbia River. By allowing for a more open and understanding environment for conversation we hope to…
- Creates a more contemporary dialogic model of communication, which could be improved through monthly public forums where all opinions are shared and discussed. Through these forums we expect to have a wider range of people sharing their experiences and beliefs, especially those who aren’t normally incorporated in CRITFC’s organization, allowing for a more unified voice in the overall management of fishing.
- Better public understanding on how salmon and fishing is viewed by the Tribes surrounding the Columbia River through communication and collaboration.
- Encourage the removal of dams on the Columbia River that result in the depletion of fish that make it to the tribal fishing areas. We hope that this can become possible through better public understanding of the reliance Tribes have to fishing, the rights that they have to fishing along the Columbia River, and how dams are affecting their fishing.