Departmental Performance Report 2011-12

Results and Performance

Program Activity 1.3 - Aboriginal Strategies and Governance


This program provides policy advice on Aboriginal fishing issues, negotiates agreements on the management of Aboriginal fisheries, integrates agreements into overall management frameworks, and advises on land claims and self-government. The delivery of all programs by the Aboriginal Policy and Governance Directorate builds on and fosters linkages with other programs within the Ecosystems and Fisheries Management Sector, and is grounded in Fisheries and Oceans Canada's fisheries and aquaculture management expertise and experience. The program is necessary to build strong, stable relations with Aboriginal groups, to promote and foster Aboriginal and Treaty rights in the formulation and implementation of fisheries management policies, programs and plans to deliver on fiduciary responsibilities and to promote fisheries-related economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities. The program is guided by a proactive approach in its relationship with Aboriginal groups based on assisting Aboriginal peoples to obtain the capacity to more effectively participate in the multi-stakeholders processes used for aquatic resource and oceans management and building their capacity to take advantage of opportunities to participate in commercial fisheries and aquaculture development.

2011-12 Financial Resources ($ millions)

Planned Spending Total Authorities* Actual Spending*
111.4 106.8 104.9

* Excludes amount deemed appropriated to Shared Services Canada.

2011-12 Human Resources (FTEs

Planned Actual Difference
116 131 15

Performance Measurement

Target Actual Result
Aboriginal communities have the capacity to participate in aquatic resource and oceans management Percentage of eligible Aboriginal groups under a co-management relationship or arrangement 98% by
March 31, 2012
Result: 100%
Lessons Learned:
Able to set clearer deliverables and performance indicators with the new template for contribution agreements. Trained regional staff and Aboriginal partners on program delivery before the start of the year, allowing groups to report on a more timely basis.
Aboriginal communities actively participate in integrated commercial fisheries Number of Aboriginal groups active in the communal commercial fisheries 105 by
March 31, 2012
Result: 105

Performance Summary, Analysis, and Lessons Learned

Modernization of the Fisheries Priority — Continued advancing the development of share-based salmon management under the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative in collaboration with First Nations and stakeholders.

Deepening Engagement and Key Partnerships Priority

  • Attended meetings and provided advice and input to support the renewal of the departmental consultation framework, especially its Aboriginal dimensions.
  • Delivered a first-ever National Aboriginal Fisheries Forum, where the shared interests of Aboriginal groups, industry, and government regarding commercial fisheries and aquaculture were defined.

Fisheries in Treaties — Developed strategies and approaches for Aboriginal participation in fisheries through treaties: developed and approved the Northern Mandate, developed the Atlantic Treaty Mandate, continued participating in and providing advice on negotiations with the Labrador Innu, and began developing the Quebec Innu Mandate.

Management Control Framework for Treaty Implementation — Developed a draft Management Control Framework to enhance the operational sustainability of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's treaty-related obligations.

Aboriginal Programs Framework — Continued development of the framework the Department will use in the long-term management of relationships with Aboriginal groups and held workshops to review the framework.

Integrated Aboriginal Contribution Management Framework — Began developing service standards, updated all 20 related performance indicators, issued version 2.0 of the common contribution agreement template and of the recipient capability assessment tool, and drafted companion user guides.

In 2011-12, the Aboriginal Strategies and Governance program activity was delivered through six sub-activities, as indicated in the Program Activity Architecture: