Reconciliation with First Nations
Problem: First Nations and commercial fish harvesters need to work together to benefit ALL commercial fisheries.
Need to develop an agreed upon a common Coastal Fisheries Strategy with First Nations/Communities/Owner-operators/NNFC/Native Brotherhood/other organizations
Help FNs develop individual operator fisheries for their Economic (PICFI) fisheries
Meet separately from large planning groups
Round tables need to be everywhere
Start with Bella Coola on Central Coast
In season, allocations can be transferred
Positive way to get fishermen fishing – use small bite fisheries as assessment fisheries to permit earlier openings
Fishermen and First Nations get together to figure out allocations.
Consultants are representing FNs.
Fishermen should talk directly with First Nations to ensure lines of communication are open
Indigenous fishers in FN economic fisheries – inland and marine –
Opportunities for dialogue
Help with training in commercial fishing techniques (if skills have faded)
Allocations to FN are not necessarily going to indigenous fishers so we need to raise this issue with government and FN communities
PICFI allocations can be used to attract young fishermen and or to improve finances of existing indigenous fishermen through increased catches
Commercial fishers can use PICFI as an example of Community-based allocations that can be leased out at nominal costs.