First Nations’ Fisheries and Canada’s Fisheries Act

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Globe and Mail, Justine Hunter – June 19, 2018 The B.C. government is poised to give an effective veto to First Nations over fish farm tenures in their territories, a historic concession that reaches beyond the traditional court-ordered requirement that Indigenous groups be consulted and accommodated on resource decisions on their lands. The NDP government […]

Globe and Mail, Justine Hunter – June 19, 2018 The B.C. government is poised to give an effective veto to First Nations over fish farm tenures in their territories, a historic concession that reaches beyond the traditional court-ordered requirement that Indigenous groups be consulted and accommodated on resource decisions on their lands. The NDP government […]

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/01/16/Duty-Consult-Cruel-Joke/ ‘Duty to Consult’ a Cruel Joke If First Nations Can’t Handle the Load Insider reveals hidden barrier to fair dealing with Indigenous governments about big-ticket projects. By Alex Power 16 Jan 2017 | Edge Magazine Alex Power is a Regulatory and Research Specialist with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. He wrote a version of […]

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/01/16/Duty-Consult-Cruel-Joke/ ‘Duty to Consult’ a Cruel Joke If First Nations Can’t Handle the Load Insider reveals hidden barrier to fair dealing with Indigenous governments about big-ticket projects. By Alex Power 16 Jan 2017 | Edge Magazine Alex Power is a Regulatory and Research Specialist with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. He wrote a version of […]

VANCOUVER —Inland B.C. hereditary First Nations chiefs joined coastal ones in announcing a fourth federal lawsuit against Ottawa’s approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project, at a press conference in Vancouver. They claim that the gas export terminal is an infringement of their Aboriginal fishing rights. Two Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs—Charlie Wright with the Luutkudziiwus […]

VANCOUVER —Inland B.C. hereditary First Nations chiefs joined coastal ones in announcing a fourth federal lawsuit against Ottawa’s approval of the Pacific Northwest LNG project, at a press conference in Vancouver. They claim that the gas export terminal is an infringement of their Aboriginal fishing rights. Two Gitxsan Nation hereditary chiefs—Charlie Wright with the Luutkudziiwus […]

CBC News Posted: Mar 13, 2013 11:47 AM AT Last Updated: Mar 13, 2013 12:49 PM AT Photo: The P.E.I. lobster fishery sought out an eco-friendly label in 2009. (CBC) The Maine lobster fishery has outpaced almost all of its counterparts in Atlantic Canada when it comes to a new certification for sustainable catches, says […]

CBC News Posted: Mar 13, 2013 11:47 AM AT Last Updated: Mar 13, 2013 12:49 PM AT Photo: The P.E.I. lobster fishery sought out an eco-friendly label in 2009. (CBC) The Maine lobster fishery has outpaced almost all of its counterparts in Atlantic Canada when it comes to a new certification for sustainable catches, says […]

The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 22, 2013 6:22 PM Photo: Donald Marshall Jr., accompanied by Mi’ kmaq Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy, right, and his cousin, Chapel Island Chief Lindsay Marshall , left, walks through Sydney, N.S. in a peaceful protest over native fishing rights in 2000. (CP PHOTO/Andrew Vaughan) A dozen Mi’kmaq communities filed a […]

History

First Nations people in Canada have a special relationship with the oceans, lakes and rivers, which is routed in the fact that First Nations people continue to rely heavily on the water bodies for their subsistence, including their social, cultural, economic, and physical survival. Traditions and cultural practices are passed on with the understanding, commitment and vision adopted by each generation to respect, preserve and protect the health of the aquatic resources for the next seven generations.

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AFN National Fisheries Strategy
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Fishing is an essential part of First Nations’ relationship to the land and its resources. It is integral to First Nations’ history, culture, economies and, ultimately, self-sufficiency. In accordance with direction from the Chiefs-in-Assembly, we seek to assist First Nations in fostering resource management, conservation and protection, as well as to secure the recognition and protection of rights to aquatic and oceans resources.

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