First Nations Fisheries

A United Voice for First Nations Fisheries

Indigenous Knowledge Forum


The Prime Minister has committed the Government of Canada to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous peoples through a renewed government-to-government relationship based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership as the foundation for transformative change.  The process of reconciliation and the fundamental shift in fisheries governance approach will be challenging not only for government, but also for First Nations, and will require on-going commitment of both parties to improve relationships in ways that lead to improved outcomes for Indigenous peoples. Recently, the Fisheries Act has been amended and, among other significant changes, now requires consideration of Indigenous knowledge for decisions made under the Act and provides for the confidentiality of Indigenous knowledge.

FNFC hosted an Indigenous Knowledge Forum on October 29 and 30, 2019 at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, BC.  The purpose of the forum was to initiate dialogue and build an understanding of Indigenous Knowledge systems and how the integration of Indigenous Knowledge relating to fisheries and their environments can lead to improved outcomes for fisheries and communities. The agenda was designed for First Nations to share their approaches to community-based engagement and research and how they’ve address issues and challenges related to sharing and integrating Indigenous and Western Knowledge systems:

Final Report:

Fisheries Indigenous Knowledge: Proceedings and Discussion Paper

Presentations available to view or download in PDF format:

The Modernized Fisheries Act – Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Nechako White Sturgeon ATK Project – Darren Haskell

Sputc (eulachon) knowledge of the Bella Coola River – Megan Moody

Tools to Assist Secwepemc to Engage in Fisheries ATK – Michelle Walsh

Tla-o-qui-aht Knowledge Systems – Saul Milne and Terry Dorward

Weaving Ancient Knowledge and Western Science – Anne Salomon and Kii’iljuus Barbara Wilson

Indigenous Knowledge: Our Rights, Our Law, Our Jurisdiction – Merle Alexander

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