Indigenous Habitat Participation Program: Contribution Component - Step 1. Funding areas and priorities

Step 1. Funding areas and priorities

The Indigenous Habitat Participation Program (IHPP) contribution component provides funding to support engagement, build capacity and collaboration with Indigenous peoples in relation to fish and fish habitat conservation and protection.

Engagement

Engagement funding helps Indigenous peoples participate in the Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program (FFHPP) engagement processes. This includes engagement in relation to the following associated with the fish and fish habitat protection provisions of the amended Fisheries Act:

  • FFHPP program changes
  • developing new policies
  • making regulations

Building capacity

Funding for capacity building supports:

  • establishing organizational structures
  • coordinating and managing activities across multiple communities or groups
  • increasing access to training and skills development programs for Indigenous peoples

Note:

Funding for building capacity will focus on inland areas of Canada, where the provinces manage fisheries and Fisheries sand Oceans is responsible for managing impacts on fish and fish habitat under the Fisheries Act.

Collaborative activities

Funding for collaborative activities ensures Indigenous peoples can partner with Fisheries and Oceans Canada on fish and fish habitat related to:

  • planning
  • protection
  • monitoring
  • conservation
  • management
  • data collection

Priorities – 2019-20

Engagement:

  • Development of FFHPP guidance for the consideration of Indigenous knowledge in habitat decision-making and its protection from disclosure
  • Development of processes to notify Indigenous communities when the Department has received applications for authorization for projects affecting fish and fish habitat
  • Upcoming engagement related to new policy, program and regulatory initiatives related to the fish and fish habitat protection provisions of the Fisheries Act

Building Capacity:

  • Establishment or support (as required) for coordinating/management structures to support multiple Indigenous communities or groups located in the inland regions of Canada
  • Support information awareness/exchange/training related to the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat in the inland regions of Canada

Collaboration:

  • Activities that support the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat with long-term benefits