First Nations Fisheries

A United Voice for First Nations Fisheries

Fisheries Act Review Sessions


Bill C-38: An Act to amend the Fisheries Act Engagement Session for BC First Nations

Monday, March 5, 2018 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel

7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond BC

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In 2016, Prime Minister Trudeau mandated the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to “review the previous government’s changes to the Fisheries Act, restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards”. The Minister asked the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (SCOFO) to undertake the review of the Fisheries Act, and their report was released in February 2017; the Government response was released in June 2017.

In 2016, DFO and the federal government had engagement opportunities for First Nations to gain more information about the environmental review process and for First Nations to provide their feedback and recommendations on the Fisheries Act, with particular regard to habitat protections and modernization of the Act. In 2017, after the release of the SCOFO report and the Government response, there was a short window of opportunity for First Nations to provide further feedback and recommendations related to Fisheries Act policies and programs that will need to be addressed should Parliament proceed with legislative amendments.

A draft bill to amend the Fisheries Act was tabled in Parliament on February 6, 2018. Bill C-68 is available on the House of Commons website here: http://www.parl.ca/DocumentViewer/en/42-1/bill/C-68/first-reading

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Engagement Session

An engagement session for BC First Nations will be held in Richmond on March 5, 2018 to learn more about the Bill, as well as First Nations engagement in the Parliamentary process and next steps. The session will have Tier 1 (First Nations only) and Tier 2 (First Nations and DFO) components.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Overview of the proposed Fisheries Act amendments
  • Overview of Parliamentary Process to amend the Fisheries Act
  • Key steps, contact information and timelines
  • Overview of Next Steps and Engagement on Changes to Policy, Program and Regulations
  • Overview of the Whole of Government Approach and Coordination of Environmental & Regulatory Reviews
  • Tier 1 – First Nations discussion

A more detailed agenda will shared closer to the meeting date.

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Registration and Travel:

Please register online: http://www.createsurvey.com/s/0nWdrR/  

The deadline to register is Monday, February 26, 2018.

Limited travel subsidies are available for one participant per community/organization. Please consult the FNFC travel guidelines for allowable expenses. Participants are not required to apply for travel in advance, but must submit a completed FNFC travel claim form along with original receipts within 30 days of the meeting in order to be reimbursed. Please note that delayed receipt of travel claims or multiple claims received from a single community or organization may result in non-approval of claims.

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Accommodations:

Participants are responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton for a special rate of $179.00 + taxes.

Reservations for your stay can be made online here: https://goo.gl/PmpRiy 

Or, reservations can be made on the phone by calling the Sheraton directly at 1-800-663-0299.

To ensure you receive the special rate, please quote group name “FNFC Fisheries Act Review”. The room block and the special rate will expire on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. After this date, reservations can be made on an availability basis and at the best available rate. We recommend booking as soon as possible as availability is very limited in Richmond at this time of year.

Cancellations can be made up to 48 hours prior to the day of arrival; otherwise a cancellation fee of one night’s room and tax will be charged.

Please note that maximum hotel reimbursement for those receiving travel subsidies is $180 + taxes per night.

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If you have any questions, please contact the FNFC at Tel: 604-379-6470 or info@fnfisheriescouncil.ca.