SERVICES - Pre Edits 2018


The Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative (AACI)

The Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative is a new program that supports Aboriginal economic development in the Canadian aquaculture sector.


An increasing number of Aboriginal communities and entrepreneurs want to explore economic development opportunities in the aquaculture sector.

Aboriginal communities are in a unique position to benefit from sustainable aquaculture development due to their aquatic resources, rights and special access to aquaculture development sites.

More than 48 Aboriginal groups across Canada have developed aquaculture business ventures and partnerships. This has resulted in new job creation and skills development. This has increased the wealth and prosperity in the rural and coastal communities providing both social and economic benefits.

Aboriginal Aquaculture Association

Regional Business Development Teams are established in three regions of the country, Western/North, Central and Eastern Canada. The Aboriginal Aquaculture Association (AAA) is coordinating this initiative for Western Canada and the North in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The AAA was established in 2003 to facilitate meaningful participation of Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal entrepreneurs in the aquaculture sector. The AAA mission is to promote aquaculture development that supports First Nation communities, culture and values.


The Western/North Regional Business Development Team consists of two Aboriginal Technical Business Experts (ABTE) who are available to provide business and technical services to Aboriginal communities and entrepreneurs interested in developing sustainable aquaculture business ventures.

What are the Services?

The Aboriginal Technical Business Experts provide support with planning, development and implementation of economic development opportunities in the aquaculture sector.


  • Identification of Opportunities
    - New or expanded commercial production: shellfish, finfish and freshwater
    - Development and operation of businesses in the aquaculture supply and services sector.
  • Planning, feasibility analysis and preparation of business development plans.
  • Identify new innovations, approaches and best practices.
  • Implementation of Business Plans.
  • Identify and facilitate partnership and joint venture opportunities.
  • Advisory services and support.
  • Linkages to government, industry, academia and non-government organizations bringing
    additional expertise to the initiative.

Who Qualifies?

Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal Entrepreneurs in Western Canada and the North. British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut qualify.

AACI Across Canada

Regional Business Development Teams for Central and Eastern Canada are established with the following organizations.

Central Canada - Waubetek Business Development Corporation

Eastern Canada - Ulnooweg Development Group Inc.