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.

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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

President, WEST COAST VANCOUVER ISLAND

John Henderson

Vice-President, NORTH VANCOUVER ISLAND

Thomas Alexis

Secretary-Treasurer, UPPER FRASER

Ken Malloway

FRASER VALLEY

Greg Witzky

MID-FRASER (1)

Larry George

SOUTH VANCOUVER ISLAND

In Progress

UPPER SKEENA

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TRANSBOUNDARY COLUMBIA

Randolph Pryce

HAIDA GWAII

Brian Holmes

MID FRASER (2)

Vacant

CENTRAL COAST

Richard Sparrow

LOWER MAINLAND

Vacant

NORTHERN TRANSBOUNDARY

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

Stu Barnes

Executive Director

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Jordan Point

Executive Advisor

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Tram Anh Lu

Coordinator, Executive Communications

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CS – Corporate Services

Karl Dhillon, CPA

CFO/Sr. Manager, Corporate Services

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Nina Villegas

Manager, Corporate Services

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Monica Parmar

Coordinator, Corporate Services

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Samuel Seneviratne

Coordinator, Corporate Services

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Isabel Bradbury

Manager, ISF

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PFM – Policy & Fish Management

Janson Wong

Sr. Manager, Policy & Fish Management

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Noah Kussin-Bordo

Project Manager, Fisheries

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Mary Mahon

Coordinator, Policy & Fish Management

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Drew Macdonald

Coordinator, Policy & Fish Management

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Mike Gray

Manager, Aquaculture

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Felix Fan

Coordinator, Aquaculture

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Vacant

Policy Analyst, Policy & Fish Management

PIR – Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relations

Astrid Niemann-Zajac

Director, Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relations

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Hanna McComber

Manager, Intergovernmental Relations

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Coordinator, Intergovernmental Relations

Brooklyn Carey

Manager, Partnerships

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Megan Stewart

Manager, Marine and Coastal Management

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Etana Tam

Coordinator, Marine and Coastal Management

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Vacant

Sr. Policy Analyst, Partnerships & Intergovernmental Relations

Ningning Wang

Manager, Communications

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HEP – Habitat & Environmental Protections

Jenna Duncan

Sr. Manager, Habitat & Environmental Protections

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Madison Rattai

Manager, Habitat & Environmental Protections

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Manager, Habitat & Environmental Protections

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Tolu Amuwo

Coordinator, Habitat & Environmental Protections

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Lauren McNeilly

Coordinator, Habitat & Environmental Protections

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Jacquelyne Fitchell

Currently on Maternity Leave

Vacant

Policy Analyst, Habitat & Environmental Protections

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Coordinator, Habitat & Environmental Protections

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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