Federal Government and Coastal First Nations Sign Amended Agreement on British Columbia Fisheries Management
VANCOUVER – The federal government and eight coastal First Nations announced Friday that they have signed an amended agreement to manage fisheries on the north and central coast of British Columbia and Haida Gwaii.
The revised Coastal First Nations Fisheries Resource Reconciliation Agreement builds on the original agreement, which was signed in 2019.
The original agreement provided funding for access to commercial fishing opportunities for the eight nations that make up the Coastal First Nations group: Haida, Heiltsuk, Kitasoo / Xai’xais, Metlakatla, Nuxalk, Wuikinuxv, Gitga’at Nations and Gitxaala.
This was the first such agreement in British Columbia to establish a “collaborative fisheries management process” between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and First Nations.
“This amended agreement sets out the next steps to be taken in planning for community-based commercial fisheries, encouraging greater flexibility in community participation and better access to fishing licenses and quotas,” according to a press release from the federal government and the Coastal First Nations.
“It also includes support for CFN member countries to invest in equipment, vessels, licenses, operations and infrastructure.”
“Through this agreement, our people will have an important say in the management of the oceans while having the ability to participate again in the maritime economy,” said Chief Marilyn Slett, President of the Coastal First Nations group, in The version.
“With this new arrangement and cooperative approach, we plan to work with the federal government to advance our common goal of caring for the ocean,” Slett added.