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Water for Fish


CALL FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – “Just Do It” Pilot Project: Supporting First Nations Environmental Flow Needs Strategies in BC

The First Nations Fisheries Council of BC (FNFC) will provide support for up to five First Nations across British Columbia (BC) to establish environmental flow needs (EFNs) thresholds for fish species in critical streams within their traditional territories. Funds available are $15,000/community or organization.

For more information and to apply, please:

Please contact FNFC Water for Fish Project Coordinator Genevieve Layton-Cartier at or 778-379-6470 if you have any questions.



The FNFC Water for Fish freshwater initiative hosts regular “Water Wednesday” webinars with BC First Nations on a variety of topics relating to freshwater planning, management, and governance. It is an opportunity for First Nations to learn from experts and each other. We also host freshwater-related workshops and meetings. For more information, please contact Water for Fish Project Coordinator Geneviève Layton-Cartier at

January 29, 2020 from 10-11 AM PT: Funding First Nations Freshwater Planning and Governance Projects in BC (for First Nations only)

To register

Genevieve Layton-Cartier, FNFC Water for Fish Project Coordinator, will discuss existing funding opportunities for First Nations freshwater planning and governance projects in BC, particularly focusing on philanthropic funding pots (other guest speakers to be determined).



November 20-22, 2019: 3rd Annual AFN National Water Symposium and Tradeshow. Hosted by Assembly of First Nations in Toronto.

To register:

This Symposium will provide an opportunity to update the existing AFN National Water Declaration and to convey to Canada and the world the goals, objectives and priorities of First Nations in the post-2021 water future.

November 21, 2019: Webinar – Living with the Rain: Adapting to Increased Future Rainfall in the Greater Vancouver. Hosted by  Fraser Basin Council.

To register:

Climate change is expected to bring an increase of annual precipitation as well as more intense rainfall events to the Greater Vancouver area. This webinar will provide examples of how two government bodies are leading the way in working with and preparing for these changes. Speakers are Andrew Ling, Metro Vancouver Senior Project Engineer, and Melina Scholefield, Manager of Green Infrastructure Implementation with the City of Vancouver.

February 19-21, 2020: Adaptation Canada 2020 Conference: Raising our Game on Resilience. Hosted by Fraser Basin Council in Vancouver. Financial assistance available for Indigenous delegates.

To register:

Building on the success of the 2016 conference in Ottawa, Adaptation Canada 2020 is the confluence of energy and expertise brought by Canadians from different sectors, disciplines and regions of the country. With a rise in global temperatures, we know Canada is already facing critical challenges and more are on the horizon. Together we’ll explore the latest on climate projections, impacts and opportunities for risk reduction.

October 14-16, 2020: Watersheds 2020: Stepping Stones to Collaborative Watershed Governance.

To register:

Watersheds 2020 is hosted by the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance with the BC Freshwater Legacy Initiative, Canadian Freshwater Alliance and First Nations Fisheries Council of BC. This forum will continue the successful dialogue and action generated at the 2012 Solutions ForumWatersheds 2014, Watersheds 2016 and Watersheds 2018.