The federal government and Coastal First Nations have signed an agreement that sets the stage for more collaboration on fisheries management
The Reconciliation Framework Agreement also aims to strengthen economic opportunities in support of healthy, self-reliant, and sustainable Coastal First Nations Communities.
A news release from both parties says the agreement outlines subject areas for nation-to-nation discussion and the process for Canada and the seven Coastal First Nations signatories to move to a more collaborative approach to fisheries governance and management.
There were no specific details provided, but Ottawa and First Nations say they want an effective nation-to-nation relationship when it comes to planning, management, monitoring, and maintenance of healthy fisheries in the North and Central Coast regions.
“The importance of the agreement will be the renewal of community-based and sustainable commercial fisheries on BC’s north and central coast,” says Chief Marilyn Slett, President, Coastal First Nations. “As well as creating opportunities in traditional fisheries, the emergence of sustainable aquaculture will lead to a healthy coastal economy. Species such as scallops, geoduck, oyster, clams and mussels all represent viable aquaculture opportunities for the Central and North Coast communities.
Signatory First Nations are the Gitga’at First Nation, Gitxaala Nation, Heiltsuk First Nation, Kitasoo First Nation, Metlakatla First Nation, Nuxalk Nation, and Wuikinuxv Nation.