Reconciliation in British Columbia and the Yukon

We are committed to the recognition and implementation of the rights of Indigenous peoples related to fisheries, oceans, aquatic habitat and marine waterways in a manner consistent with the Principles Respecting the Government of Canada’s Relationship with Indigenous Peoples. It is important that we act in a way that respects the historical stewardship and economic role in resource management that Indigenous communities have within their traditional territories.

To build upon our established relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations, we have created a new Reconciliation and Partnerships (R&P) Branch in Pacific Region to ensure that fisheries and related issues that matter to Indigenous communities and organizations across British Columbia and the Yukon and addressed in a timely and coordinated manner.

The Branch helps guide and coordinate the departmental direction for reconciliation with Indigenous communities and organizations in BC and the Yukon, while also building upon existing regional and national reconciliation efforts. The Branch is responsible for advancing long-term commitments with treaty and self-governing First Nations, working with Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNA) to represent DFO in treaty negotiations and rights and recognition processes, and implementing core Indigenous fisheries programs such as:

Achieving reconciliation will require strong relationships between DFO and industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations and other bodies interested in resource management; all of whom play a role at helping to realize reconciliation. Working closely with other federal departments, the Province of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory as well as non-governmental sectors, the Reconciliation and Partnerships Branch also works to support regional initiatives that align with the Government of Canada’s reconciliation goals.

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