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Salish Sea Initiative

The Salish Sea Initiative (SSI) provides funding and collaboration to eligible marine Indigenous communities to build capacity to enable:

The grants and contributions funding, available until 2025, will also help these communities to conduct marine stewardship activities and report on cumulative effects. The initiative provides a long-term investment strategy to support First Nations in evaluating the impacts of human activities on the local ecosystems and to provide for ongoing project delivery.

A Government of Canada team, led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is available to provide advice and support for project development based on the priorities and requirements identified by the initiative’s Indigenous participants. This can include research and scientific advice, if required.

The Salish Sea Initiative supports integrated monitoring, evaluation and reporting structures inclusive of, and responsive to, participating Indigenous communities.

Find out how the Initiative is responding to the Trans Mountain Expansion Project as an accommodation measure.

Salish Sea Initiative goals

Actions we’re taking to support the Salish Sea Initiative goals

Learn more about the work Canada is doing to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

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