What Do We Hope to Achieve?
A Fisheries Reconciliation Table will put First Nations at the table as equal partners with Canada to:
Develop a nation-to-nation relationship between First Nations and Canada on governance and management of marine resources.
- Merge traditional knowledge with science to determine the size of commercial fisheries
- Protect and prioritize First Nations access to food fish
- Ensure monitoring and enforcement through stewardship offices and Coastal Watchmen programs
Stimulate the coastal economy and create economic fisheries opportunities and jobs to support healthy, self-sustaining First Nations communities and regions.
- Secure greater access to fishing licenses and quotas
- Create greater flexiblity in how we fish
- Secure community control of aquaculture development
- Build marine infrastructure
- Increase new training opportunities
A Fisheries Reconciliation will bring First Nations together with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to collaboratively find ways to reach these goals. Helping to create predictability, cooperation and peace on the water for all users.