Action 14: Work with the commercial and recreational fishing sectors to identify Aboriginal employment opportunities or economic development opportunities in existing fisheries. Collaborative management is expected to help improve opportunities for Aboriginal people in the fisheries sector by directly participating in fisheries research, data collection, information reporting, fisheries resource replenishment and knowledge provision to the Victoria State Fisheries Authority. The Pacific Salmon Strategic Initiative will include broad engagement and collaboration with First Nations communities, stakeholders, the Province of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. Consultations will be held with First Nations involved in the commercial salmon fishery to discuss their interests and options. Action 2: Develop amendments to fisheries legislation and regulations to address inconsistencies with the Aboriginal Title Act, 1993 (VIC). Members of recognized traditional property groups who do not need to be in possession of a sport fishing licence). In the Pacific Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) funds approximately $14 million per year through the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (EAS) program. Approximately 95 contribution agreements fund approximately 165 First Nations. We also appreciate feedback from other interested parties with suggestions on how we can update and improve this important VFA strategy. This amended agreement sets out the next steps to be taken in the planning of Community commercial fisheries in order to promote greater flexibility in Community participation and better access to fishing licences and quotas. This includes helping CFCR member countries invest in equipment, vessels, licenses, operations and infrastructure.
Action 9: Include a section in the Guide to Recreational Fisheries that explains the importance of the fishery to Aboriginal people. FRRA is the first of its kind in British Columbia to establish a collaborative fisheries management process between Canada and First Nations on the north and central coasts of British Columbia, as well as Haida Gwaii. The governance model between DFO and CFCR member countries includes a collaborative engagement process with various stakeholders in British Columbia and consultations with other First Nations. The exchange of knowledge and management practices between the traditional and commercial and recreational fisheries sectors will provide the mutual benefits of acquiring knowledge about Aboriginal culture in other sectors and improving traditional owners` understanding of fisheries management approaches in commercial and recreational fisheries. AFS`s annual funding is $35 million, with approximately 125 AFS agreements signed each year since the program`s implementation. Approximately two-thirds of these agreements are with Aboriginal groups in DFO`s Pacific region, with the remainder in Atlantic Canada and Quebec. Culturally informed sustainable fisheries management that contributes to the prosperity, capacity and well-being of Aboriginal people and communities in Victoria. The SFA assists DFO in managing fisheries in a manner consistent with the Sparrow decision and subsequent decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada. The SFA aims to ensure the effective management and regulation of the fishery by Aboriginal groups through the negotiation of mutually acceptable and time-limited fisheries agreements between DFO and Aboriginal groups. If no agreement can be reached with an Aboriginal group, DFO will review consultations with the group and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans will issue the group with a municipal fishing licence containing provisions that the Minister believes are consistent with the Sparrow decision and subsequent decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada. The licence allows the group to fish for food, social and ceremonial purposes. Aboriginal Land Use Agreement – An agreement registered under the Aboriginal Title Act, 1993 (Cth) that may be entered into between an Aboriginal title group or traditional ownership group and the government and that may describe, among other things, the use and management of land and water, including fisheries resources.
The primary objective of the AFS agreements is to reach agreement with Indigenous groups on fisheries management, including food, social and ceremonial fisheries (CSFs) and all occasional economic fisheries. Funds will be made available to support fisheries-related cooperative management activities and capacity building. Activities may include stock assessment, habitat improvement and restoration, negotiations, consultations, education and public awareness. Many other Aboriginal people participate in recreational fishing (with the requirement to hold a licence unless exempted) have a strong cultural connection to the use of the fishery. The Victorian government recognizes the diversity of the recreational fishing community, including close ties for Victorians from all cultural backgrounds. The strategy therefore includes a commitment to actively promote proposals to improve recreational fishing opportunities for Aboriginal people. Potential sources of funding include the Recreational Fishing Licence Trust Fund and the Government of Victoria`s Recreational Fishing Initiative. Action 17: When allocating rights for new fisheries, explicitly take into account the interests of recognised traditional ownership groups, in particular with regard to fishing activities compatible with the interests of recognised traditional property groups on land. This historic agreement provides funding for access to commercial fishing opportunities for the eight CFCR Member First Nations on the north and central coasts of British Columbia (B.C.) and Haida Gwaii.
The community-based fishing model, combined with CFN`s commercial fishery, will create jobs in the home communities of the participating Haida, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo/Xai`xais, Metlakatla, Nuxalk, Wuikinuxv, Gitga`at and Gitxaala nations. Action 18: Promote the development of national initiatives relevant to Indigenous communities through the Department`s linkages with fisheries authorities in other states and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation […].