Washing sockeye at Tahltan – by Kerry Carlick.
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 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.
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.
President, WEST COAST VANCOUVER ISLAND
Vice-President, FRASER VALLEY
Secretary-Treasurer, MID FRASER (1)
NORTH VANCOUVER ISLAND
SOUTH VANCOUVER ISLAND
MID FRASER (2)
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.
Sr. Manager, Policy & Fish Management
Coordinator, Policy & Fish Management
Sr. Manager, Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relations
Manager, Oceans Protection Plan
Coordinator, Marine and Coastal Management
Manager, Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relations
Coordinator, Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relations
Coordinator, Oceans Protection Plan
Sr. Manager, Habitat & Environmental Protections
Consultant, Habitat & Environmental Protections
Manager, First Nations Fisheries Legacy Fund
Coordinator, Habitat & Environmental Protections
Coordinator, Province of BC
Coordinator, First Nations Fisheries Legacy Fund
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.