Coastal First Nations and Canada Announce Reconciliation Framework for Sustaining Fisheries Resources

Reconciliation Framework Agreement signatory First Nations, as represented by the Great Bear Initiative Society, are the Gitga’at First Nation, Gitxaala Nation, Heiltsuk First Nation, Kitasoo First Nation, Metlakatla First Nation, Nuxalk Nation, and Wuikinuxv Nation.
Reconciliation Framework Agreement signatory First Nations, as represented by the Great Bear Initiative Society, are the Gitga’at First Nation (Chief Councillor Arnold Clifton pictured), Gitxaala Nation, Heiltsuk First Nation, Kitasoo First Nation, Metlakatla First Nation, Nuxalk Nation, and Wuikinuxv Nation.

The Government of Canada and the Coastal First Nations are committed to working together to advance a more collaborative and efficient approach to the governance and management of fisheries resources. This commitment also aims to enhance economic opportunities to support the development of healthy, self-reliant and sustainable Coastal First Nations communities.

The Reconciliation Framework Agreement outlines the subject areas for nation-to-nation discussion and the process for Canada and the seven Coastal First Nations signatories to advance a more collaborative approach to the governance and management of fisheries resources and associated economic opportunities.

Canada and the Coastal First Nations signatories share the goals of developing and implementing effective nation-to-nation relationships in the planning, management, monitoring and maintenance of healthy fisheries resources within the North and Central Coast area, furthering predictability and stability in the management of fisheries resources, and enhancing the well-being of Coastal First Nations communities.

President of Coastal First Nations, Marilyn Slett said:

The importance of the agreement will be the renewal of community-based and sustainable commercial fisheries on BC’s north and central coast. 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.

The Reconciliation Framework Agreement is an important step forward in the Government of Canada’s commitment to a renewed government-to-government relationship with Indigenous peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

Read the full media release on the Coastal First Nations website.