First Nations Fisheries

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Water for Fish



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

July 8, 2020 from 10-11 AM PT: BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act and Expectations for Water Sustainability Act Reform (for First Nations only)

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In this webinar, Rosie Simms, Water for Fish Interim Manager, will present and ask for feedback on a draft discussion paper that identifies reforms required to begin the process of bringing the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) into conformity with the BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA). FNFC has been working on this paper since December 2019 with Mandell Pinder and a small group of water law experts.


In 2018-19, FNFC convened a Working Group of First Nations water leaders and experts to develop recommendations on improving First Nations engagement on the WSA. A key recommendation in the final report ‘Towards a Water Sustainability Act First Nations Engagement Framework: Working Group Recommendations for Collaborative Development of Regulations and Policies’— is for the WSA to be reformed to be consistent with UNDRIP. DRIPA was since enacted in fall 20019 and presents a concrete opportunity to address the substantive issues First Nations have identified with the WSA.



July 16 & 23, 2020: “Working Together on Water’ Meetings (focus on Water Sustainability Act implementation)

To register: contact Genevieve Layton-Cartier at

The Water for Fish Initiative, in collaboration with B.C.’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, is convening First Nations and provincial government staff and executive in Phase II of the “Working Together on Water Initiative” to continue to explore and implement a new Water Sustainability Act engagement framework in summer 2020. Two half-day online meetings that will build on one another will take place on July 16th and 23rd (for First Nations only).

October 15-16, 2020: Virtual Watersheds 2020: Stepping Stones to Collaborative Watershed Governance

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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.