Building process, capacity and relationships

We build processes, capacity, and relationships to help First Nations in BC influence the integrated planning and management of Pacific fisheries and aquatic resources at the province-wide level.

Washing sockeye at Tahltan – by Kerry Carlick.

FNFC

The 2010 All Chiefs Task Force recommended FNFC to coordinate BC First Nations’ political and technical capacity and develop a cohesive and united voice among BC First Nations. FNFC's approach is to convene First Nations, listen to their priorities and perspectives, and help clearly articulate their shared messaging to decision makers. These structures and processes support coherent messaging to the government.

Our mandate

Our mandate was given to us by BC First Nations through the BC First Nations Fisheries Action Plan (2007), ratified by the participants at the 2009 Fall Fisheries Assembly in Nanaimo BC, and endorsed by resolution of the BC Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and the First Nations Summit. It is a shared vision on how to effectively achieve progress on First Nations’ goals and priorities, and create transformative change in Pacific fisheries.

Coho smolt CWT project, Lower Stikine River - By Kerry Carlick.
Coho smolt CWT project, Lower Stikine River - By Kerry Carlick.

Council delegates

Our Council is appointed by First Nations communities and organizations from 14 geographic regions. Our regional model was designed by First Nations to reflect the diversity in ecology, cultures, expertise, fisheries practices, and perspectives across the province. Each member of the council is a strong ambassador connecting people in their region to the conversation on fisheries issues of common interest for all First Nations in BC. Together, the council helps create a strong, coherent First Nations voice throughout the province of BC.

Hugh Braker

Hugh Braker

President, WEST COAST VANCOUVER ISLAND

Ken Malloway

Ken Malloway

Vice-President, FRASER VALLEY

Dawn Machin

Dawn Machin

Secretary-Treasurer, MID FRASER (1)

Thomas Alexis

Thomas Alexis

UPPER FRASER

John Henderson

John Henderson

NORTH VANCOUVER ISLAND

Larry George

Larry George

SOUTH VANCOUVER ISLAND

Stu Barnes

Stu Barnes

UPPER SKEENA

Shayla Lawrence

Shayla Lawrence

TRANSBOUNDARY COLUMBIA

Shawn Cowpar

Shawn Cowpar

HAIDA GWAII

Richard Wimbush

Richard Wimbush

MID FRASER (2)

Rich Chapple

Rich Chapple

CENTRAL COAST

Seat vacant

Seat Vacant

LOWER MAINLAND

Seat vacant

Seat Vacant

NORTHERN TRANSBOUNDARY

Seat vacant

Seat Vacant

NORTH COAST

FNFC office and staff

We have a dedicated team of over 26 dedicated full-time professionals who work from our office located in the Territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations in Vancouver. Our team’s diverse skill set has supported FNFC’s significant growth since its early days, allowing us to steadily broaden the scope of our work to support First Nations capacity and collaboration.

EM – Executive Management

Jordan Point

Executive Director

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Olga Shuvalova

Manager, Communications & Marketing

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Patricia Vyskocova

Coordinator, Executive Communications

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Vacant

Policy Analyst

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CS – Corporate Services

Karl Dhillon, CPA

CFO/Sr. Manager, Corporate Services

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Coordinator, Corporate Services

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Chandrang Makwana

Manager, Corporate Services

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Monica Parmar

Coordinator, Corporate Services

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PFM – Policy & Fish Management

Janson Wong

Sr. Manager, Policy & Fish Management

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Mike Gray

Manager, Aquaculture

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Vacant

Manager, Fisheries

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Noah Kussin-Bordo

Coordinator, Policy & Fish Management

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Vacant

Coordinator, Policy & Fish Management

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Vacant

Coordinator, Policy & Fish Management

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Vacant

Coordinator, Policy & Fish Management

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PIR – Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relations

Astrid Niemann-Zajac

Sr. Manager, Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relations

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Taylor Mason

Manager, Oceans Protection Plan

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Courtney Halvorson

Coordinator, Marine and Coastal Management

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Montse Oliver

Manager, Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relations

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Rebeka MacDonald

Coordinator, Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relations

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Jean Hodgson

Coordinator, Oceans Protection Plan

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HEP – Habitat & Environmental Protections

Jacquelyne Fitchell

Sr. Manager, Habitat & Environmental Protections

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Susi Porter-Bopp

Consultant, Habitat & Environmental Protections

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Jenna Duncan

Manager, First Nations Fisheries Legacy Fund

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Kimbaya Carriere

Coordinator, Habitat & Environmental Protections

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Madison Rattai

Coordinator, Province of BC

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Valerie Zimmermann

Coordinator, First Nations Fisheries Legacy Fund

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First Nations in BC

There are over 200 First Nations communities in BC, each with a distinct culture, identity, and connection to their lands and waters.

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