Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative 2017-18
The Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative (AACI) has $650,000 available Nationally in 2017-18 to support eligible Aboriginal Aquaculture activities and projects that contribute to the development of Aboriginal aquaculture in Canada.
Through the AACI Project Funding, funds will be made available, via a nationally competitive process, to support the development of Aboriginal aquaculture development in Canada.
Deadline for Proposal Submission for 2017-18: Friday June 2nd, 2017.
Contact the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association for more details (250) 286-9939 or email us
AAA Meeting Notice
Coast Bastion Inn, Nanaimo BC
Friday April 21st, 2017
9:30am to 4 pm
A one-day information meeting to discuss:
- The newly released Integrated Geoduck Management Framework,
- Geoduck Production Models
- Geoduck Aquaculture Tenure Application Process
- Update on the impact of Norovirus on Oyster Aquaculture
- Update on the Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Project Fund 2017-2018
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-286-9939.
Some travel assistance is available
BC Rural Dividend Fund Call for Proposals 2017
The BC Rural Dividend Fund is targeting the following four categories:
- Community capacity building
- Workforce development
- Community and economic development and
- Business sector development.
First Nations are encouraged to apply to the third intake of the BC Rural Dividend program which opens April 3, 2017 and closes on May 31, 2017.
Downloadable application forms, a revised program guide, as well as detailed instructions on how to apply will be available as of March 31, 2017, at the BC Rural Dividend website: http://www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend
BC Rural Dividend: www.gov.bc.ca/ruraldividend
Rural Advisory Council: http://ow.ly/NFhU301MfRv
BC Rural Economic Development Strategy: https://bcjobsplan.gov.bc.ca/b-c-s-rural-economic-development-strategy/
Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative Project Funds
The National Indigenous Fisheries & Aquaculture Forum
May 15 - 18, 2017 - Membertou, Nova Scotia
CCFAM Aquaculture Strategy
The Canadian Council of Fisheries and Aquaculture Ministers (CCFAM) released the Aquaculture Development Strategy 2016-2019 this summer. The CCFAM recognizes the value and economic contribution of the aquaculture industry particularly to Canadian rural and coastal communities and Indigenous nations and Canada's potential for increased aquaculture production that also ensures sustainable aquatic ecosystems for the future.
To support continued growth in aquaculture production that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, federal, provincial and Yukon governments established the CCFAM Aquaculture Development Strategy to set out a collaborative three-year plan designed to achieve strategic outcomes.
Follow the link to strategy.
Standing Senate Committee Report
The Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans tabled its three-volume report on aquaculture. In its report, the Committee outlines 10 recommendations covering five main themes: legislative and regulatory framework; healthy aquacultured fish; healthy and productive ecosystems; research and development; and, social license and public reporting.
During the study, the Committee sat for 66 hours, held 34 public hearings, heard the views of 138 witnesses, and received hundreds of written submissions and other documentation. Senators also visited 23 Canadian regions in six provinces.
Reports are available here.
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 in BC 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.
AAA Multi-Year Licence Workshop
On March 31, 2015, the AAA hosted an an information meeting with First Nations who are either engaged in or interested in the pursuit of aquaculture in their respective territories. The purpose of the meeting was to respond to the letter dated January 13, 2015 from Diana Trager, Director of Aquaculture Management Division. During the meeting, input was provided from participants and AAA included these inputs into a report that was submitted to DFO. Please click the links below to view the briefing documents provided at the workshop, as well as the report that was submitted to DFO.
AANDC Tutorial Video
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) have created a step-by-step tutorial video on how to register your business in the Aboriginal Business Directory.
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.