First Nations Fisheries

A United Voice for First Nations Fisheries

Fisheries Act Review Sessions


*Regional sessions are open to BC First Nations Communities/Organizations and Staff*

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October 12, 2016 – Terrace, BC – Terrace Sportsplex

October 14, 2016 – Merritt, BC – Merritt Civic Centre

October 17, 2016 – Nanaimo, BC – Vancouver Island Conference Centre

October 21, 2016 – Prince George, BC – Ramada Prince George Hotel

October 26, 2016 – Richmond, BC – Sandman Signature Vancouver Airport Hotel

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The new Liberal federal government has committed to revisiting legislative amendments passed by the former Conservative government under Omnibus Bills C-38 and C-45 in 2012, as many of these amendments are widely viewed to be inconsistent with case law, constitutional obligations, and the Liberal platform. A legislative review process is now being initiated by various federal departments, and funding has been made available to First Nations for the review of environmental and regulatory processes.

The FNFC submitted a proposal to host a series of five regional sessions to review and discuss changes to the Fisheries Act. Delegates from First Nations communities and organizations in BC are invited to participate in these sessions to learn more about the changes to the legislation, discuss with other First Nations, and contribute to the collective response that will be shared with the federal government regarding the legislative amendments and how they impact aquatic resources, habitat, and Aboriginal Title and Rights and Treaty Rights. The sessions will also help prepare First Nations communities and organizations to develop their own responses if they wish to do so, which can also be submitted to government through this process.

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Limited travel subsidies are available. If you wish to apply, please contact us at info@fnfisheriescouncil.ca to request a link to our online travel subsidy application form.

The deadline to register and to apply for travel subsidy is October 3, 2016.

Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements. Click here for a list of recommended hotels.

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First Nations communities and organizations are also eligible to request funding to support their own legislative review and development of submissions to government. More information about the funding opportunity from the Government of Canada is available here: https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/conservation/assessments/environmental-reviews/funding-support-indigenous.html 

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