Our people have an ancient, deep and abiding relationship to our territories. This relationship exists on many levels: spiritual, cultural, ceremonial, and material among them.
The continuing importance of resources that are harvested from the land is an indication of the strength of our cultures and attachment to the land.
Ensuring that our people have adequate access to marine resources for FSC purposes is of primary importance to the Nations. Current management practices are not sufficient to uphold DFO’s “doctrine of priority”. We believe upholding the doctrine of priority requires changing current fisheries management practices to incorporate traditional knowledge and the wisdom of our elders, mitigating and preventing external anthropogenic and natural impacts on fisheries resources, and establishing Marine Conservancies, which allow for First Nations’ FSC access.