First Nations Fisheries

A United Voice for First Nations Fisheries


First Nations in BC aspire to develop fisheries self-governing mechanisms that are consistent with case law and the Constitution of Canada. This has been articulated in Our Place at the Table, the BC First Nations Fisheries Action Plan, and various other publications. To support our work on governance issues, the FNFC contracted the Institute on Governance to conduct a review of our organizational structure and provide strategic advice to advance governance objectives.

The governance review and accompanying report, published in 2012, revealed many strengths of the current governance structure and processes within in the organization, including a dedicated staff, a high level of trust from First Nations, government and key stakeholders, and a high level of accountability and transparency. While these and other strengths were highlighted in the review, some key challenges were also identified, including Council outreach and representation, the role of Title and Rights in the FNFC’s mandate, diversity in interests and priorities among BC First Nations, and the development of a long-term strategic vision.

While continuing to respond to emerging issues is essential, a clear governance mechanism is required among BC First Nations on fisheries. This requires the development of cooperative relationships between the FNFC and the First Nations Leadership Council, and between the FNFC and various watershed scale and regional First Nations organizations. The FNFC has formalized these connections and described roles and responsibilities through our regional Charter process, and our Declaration and Protocol with the First Nations Leadership Council. See links below to view or download these documents.