The Aboriginal Aquaculture Association is a sectoral organization designed to assist, support and facilitate the meaningful participation of First Nations in sustainable aquaculture development.
It serves as a resource body providing guidance and advice with respect to sustainable aquaculture development, regulation and management of aquaculture.
It believes that aquaculture development has the potential to play a major role in the diversification and strengthening of the local and regional economies of First Nations.
BCSGA Vibrio Workshop
The BC Shellfish Growers Association will be hosting a 1 day vibrio educational workshop on two available dates at the end of March. Workshop dates are March 29th in Courtenay and March 31st in Richmond. These workshops will provide informative sessions for participants involved in the shellfish aquaculture value chain.
Please see the attached document for more information and registration details.
Western Economic Diversification Canada To Launch 3rd Call For Proposals Under Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative.
On March 14, 2016, Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) will be launching the third call for proposals for the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative. The objective of WINN is to assist small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in commercializing new technology-based products, processes and services.
WINN is a $100 million, five-year federal funding initiative that provides repayable contributions to SME’s located in Western Canada.
WINN complements WD’s existing programs and supports an environment where local businesses can thrive and innovate.
WINN seeks to enhance Canada’s business advantages and encourage the private sector to bring new ideas to market.
Details and the application guide are available on the following links:
http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/14857.asp - WINN information
http://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/images/cont/14771a-eng.pdf - WINN applications guide
February 2016 Newsletter
The AAA is pleased to release our February 2016 newsletter. Please see the the link for full newsletter.
Economic Opportunities For Aboriginal Aquaculture In Canada
The DFO commissioned report Economic Opportunities for Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada, updates an earlier version commissioned by the AAA. The report notes that there is a great deal of potential for aquaculture growth inBC over the next 5-10 years, with First Nations share of the growth is estimated to reach 40%.
Effective immediately, the AAA has a new office location. While our mailing address remains the same, our offices are now located at the new We Wai Kum First Nation office building.
Our new physical address is 1650 Old Spit Road, Campbell River, BC.
Potential Funding Sources for Aboriginal Aquaculture Development
The AAA has compiled a list of potential funding sources that Aboriginal communities and entrepreneurs can utilize to identify and apply for funding. The list was last updated on March 23, 2016.