First Nations Fisheries

A United Voice for First Nations Fisheries

Water for Fish


In BC there are many demands on freshwater resources, not the least of which is fish and their habitats. The FNFC’s Water for Fish freshwater initiative was launched in 2012 to advance objectives in the BC First Nations Fisheries Action Plan under the theme of “Safeguarding Habitat and Responding to Threats.” Through this initiative we work to support First Nations in their engagement in water governance and freshwater habitat protection and management activities.

Our current core activities are:

  • Coordinating the BC First Nations Water Network
  • Building Capacity for First Nations Water Governance
  • Advancing Aboriginal Water Rights

The intended impact of FNFC’s Water for Fish initiative is that First Nations in British Columbia are informed, resourced, and united to actively exercise governance and jurisdiction of all fresh waters in their traditional territories. See FNFC’s Statement of Solidarity on First Nations Freshwater Governance for Fish and Aquatic Ecosystems here.


Current and past funders of Water for Fish include the Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation, Real Estate Foundation of BC, Freshwater Legacy Initiative, LUSH Charitable Giving, the New Relationship Trust, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and Environment and Climate Change Canada.