First Nation Organizations
The First Nations Fisheries Council has seats for 14 Council Members, which reflect the regional diversity of the province as well as the diversity of First Nations expertise and perspectives. More information about the work and direction of the First Nations Fisheries Council is available in our Strategic Plan and the Institute on Governance Report.
The Fraser River Aboriginal Fisheries Secretariat (FRAFS) was established by Fraser First Nations and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in 1994 to provide communications and support services to the Fraser Watershed Steering Committee under the Fraser Watershed Agreement.
Management of Pacific salmon has long been a matter of common concern to the United States and Canada. In 1985, after many years of negotiation, the Pacific Salmon Treaty was signed, setting long-term goals for the benefit of the salmon and the two countries. The Pacific Salmon Commission is the body formed by the governments of Canada and the United States to implement the Pacific Salmon Treaty.
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national representative organization of the First Nations in Canada. There are over 630 First Nation’s communities in Canada. The AFN Secretariat, is designed to present the views of the various First Nations through their leaders in areas such as: Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, Economic Development, Education, Languages and Literacy, Health, Housing, Social Development, Justice, Taxation, Land Claims, Environment, and a whole array of issues that are of common concern which arise from time to time.
Uu-a-thluk brings Nuu-chah-nulth-aht together to work with other governments and groups. Its framework allows us to manage our aquatic resources consistent with Nuu-chah-nulth practices and principles, complimenting and reinforcing Ha’wilth patuk Ha’wiih (Nuu-chah-nulth governance). Together we are increasing Nuu-chah-nulth participation in the harvest and management of our aquatic resources.
In our Nuu-chah-nulth language, Uu-a-thluk means “taking care of.”
Fish and fisheries are an integral part of the lives and culture of the First Nations members of the Q’ul-lhanumutsun Aquatic Resources Society. QARS is made up of members from the Stzuminus, Halalt, Penelakut and Lake Cowichan First Nations. Their traditional territories are on the south-eastern part of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Phone: (250) 246-4736
Aboriginal fisheries are an integral part of fisheries resource management in the Pacific Region. Through consultation, cooperative management and stewardship activities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) regional staff and Aboriginal groups are working together to build strong, healthy relationships and sustainable fisheries. Economic and capacity building opportunities are providing Aboriginal groups with tools that contribute to building healthy and sustainable Aboriginal communities.
Included here is a transcription of the Conveyance of Land to Hudson’s Bay Company by Indian Tribes document. It was taken from Papers Connect with the Indian Land Question, 1850-1875. The format has been changed somewhat but the content is original.
Reconciliation involves commitment to healing the relationships between the Province and Aboriginal peoples. It entails the Province working collaboratively with Aboriginal peoples to achieve a better future built on positive and lasting relationships.