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 […] ‘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 […]

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 […]

Fish in lakes tainted with metals are losing their sense of smell, stoking concern among experts that the problem could devastate populations. But if the fish can just get into cleaner water – even if they’ve been exposed to pollutants their whole life – they start sniffing things properly again, according to new research out […]

Infected salmon declared fit for human consumption by Canadian Food Inspection Agency By: Marco Chown Oved Staff Reporter, Published on Fri Feb 01 2013 The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has approved a quarter million Nova Scotia salmon infected with the ISA virus for human consumption, but the U.S. won’t take the fish. For the first […]

By Nelson Bennett Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:00am PST Photo: Phytoplankton blooms via satellite A controversial ocean fertilization experiment off the coast of Haida Gwaii may well boost salmon stocks, but verifying the levels of carbon sequestration in order to sell carbon offsets would be virtually impossible, according to a carbon expert. The Haida Salmon […]

First Nations appointments to Pacific Salmon Commission not renewed Monday, January 14, 2013 2:3 PM VANCOUVER – Aboriginal fishermen say the federal government is shutting them out of fisheries management by allowing the only two First Nations appointments to the Pacific Salmon Commission to lapse. The joint Canada-U.S. commission was set up as part of […]


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

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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