2014-15 Departmental Performance Report

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.2 - Aboriginal Strategies and Governance

Description

This is a complex departmental responsibility, with both program and policy elements. The Aboriginal Strategies and Governance program delivers contribution programs supporting the involvement of Aboriginal groups in the fishery, where Fisheries and Oceans Canada manages the fishery and where land claims agreements have not been concluded, specifically for three purposes: food, social and ceremonial usage; shared management, by building the capacity required to engage in an integrated fishery; and, conservation, by building monitoring, policing and species at risk management capacities. Concurrently, the program provides strategic guidance to the Department in: the ongoing management of Aboriginal rights issues; the renewal of Aboriginal programs and policies; allocation policies; treaty negotiation mandates; frameworks for the implementation of treaties; and, fisheries related consultation and engagement. This program serves to build and maintain strong and stable relations with Aboriginal groups and to promote fisheries-related economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities; both are instrumental to maintaining a stable fisheries management regime with common and transparent rules for all.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
54,778,338 54,778,338 89,463,258 88,845,466 34,067,128

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
89.5 105.3 15.8

Note: For an explanation of the variance between planned and actual human resources, please see Sub-program 1.2.1 Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy and Sub-program 1.2.2 Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
Aboriginal communities have the capacity to actively participate in the management of aquatic resources and oceans Percentage of eligible Aboriginal groups under a formal agreement for their involvement in fisheries management 98% by
March 31, 2015
98%
Aboriginal communities have the capacity to actively participate in integrated commercial fisheries Number of Aboriginal Communities issued a communally held licence or quota for use in integrated commercial fisheries 135 by
March 31, 2015
126

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The Aboriginal Strategies and Governance program was successful at meeting their target of 98% of Aboriginal Communities' participation in the management of aquatic resources and oceans.

The Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (AICFI) and the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI) have been successful in achieving their objectives of creating economic opportunities for First Nations in the fisheries sector. All 34 eligible First Nations under AICFI have been issued communal license(s)/quota. Under PICFI, 25 participating Aboriginal Commercial Fishing Enterprises representing 97 First Nations have been issued communal commercial licenses/quota. The majority of eligible First Nations participated in either of the AICFI or PICFI initiatives.


Sub-program 1.2.1 - Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy

Description

The Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy program encourages and enables the establishment of relationships with Aboriginal people, provides a mechanism for Fisheries and Oceans Canada to address its legal obligations, and promotes stable and orderly fisheries management for the benefit of all Canadians. The program specifically applies where the Department manages the fishery and where land claims settlements have not already put in place fisheries management frameworks, and provides the framework for the provision of access for food, social and ceremonial purposes, consistent with the Supreme Court of Canada's Regina vs. Sparrow (1990) decision. Via Comprehensive Fisheries Agreements and Project Funding Agreements, which describe the terms and conditions for food, social and ceremonial fishing and which are negotiated between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Aboriginal organizations, other broader objectives of the program, including the following, are met: providing Aboriginal groups with an opportunity to participate in the management of their fisheries, thereby improving their skills and capacity to manage the fisheries; contributing to the economic sustainability of Aboriginal communities through fisheries-related activities; and providing a foundation for the development of treaties and self-government agreements. This program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
27,431,115 55,089,189 27,658,074

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
30.2 35.7 5.5

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of the hiring of additional support staff, on a determinate basis, to meet operational requirements.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
Aboriginal communities have the capacity to participate in the management of their own food, social and ceremonial fisheries Number of Aboriginal communities with an Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy agreement 135 by March 31, 2015 131
Number of Aboriginal communities issued a communal licence for food, social and ceremonial purposes 150 by March 31, 2015 235

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

A total of 131 Aboriginal communities successfully entered into Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy Agreements with DFO, facilitated by the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy sub-program.

The sub-program exceeded its target for the number of Aboriginal communities issued a communal licence for food, social and ceremonial purposes; 235 licences were issued (184 First Nations in British Columbia and Yukon eligible under Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy plus 51 communal food, social, and ceremonial licences in Gulf and Atlantic Regions) for 2014-15.


Sub-program 1.2.2 - Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management

Description

The Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management program is a contribution program to assist Aboriginal groups to develop capacity to more effectively participate in aquatic resource and oceans management multi-stakeholder processes, at a broad watershed or ecosystem level. The program provides funding to qualifying Aboriginal groups to form aquatic resource and oceans management organizations capable of hiring or contracting skilled personnel to effectively participate in decision-making and advisory processes. Other objectives achieved include: encouraging the establishment of collaborative management structures; and improving information-sharing among and between Aboriginal communities, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and other stakeholders. This program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Ocean Management.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planning)
14,892,700 18,714,028 3,821,328

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
9.5 14.2 4.7

Note: The variance between planned and actual human resources is a result of the hiring of additional support staff, on a determinate basis, to meet operational requirements.

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Result
Aboriginal groups have the capacity to participate in aquatic resource and oceans management at a broad watershed or ecosystem level Number of watershed/ecosystem-based Aboriginal Aquatic Resources and Oceans Management organizations 30 by March 31, 2015 35

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

A total of 35 watershed/ecosystem-based Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management organizations signed agreements with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, surpassing the sub-program's target of 30.


Sub-program 1.2.3 - Strategies and Governance

Description

This sub-program provides advice on Aboriginal fishing issues, negotiates agreements on the management of Aboriginal fisheries, and integrates agreements into overall management frameworks. The sub-program provides effective policy advice on Aboriginal issues and support for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada on land claims and self-government, through mandate development with regard to the identification of aquatic resource allocations and habitat protection provisions, oceans, etc. The sub-program provides advice respecting implementation of fisheries obligations in modern treaties. The sub-program is responsible for monitoring implementation of final Treaty agreements.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2014-15
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference
(actual minus planned)
12,454,523 15,042,249 2,587,726

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2014-15
Planned Actual Difference
(actual minus planned)
49.8 55.4 5.6

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Actual Results
Signed Treaty Agreements with fisheries and oceans provisions align with Fisheries and Oceans Canada's policies and objectives and accommodate interests of Aboriginal groups Number of Treaty Negotiations with Active Fisheries Table 14 by March 31, 2015 16
Number of Treaties being implemented with fisheries and oceans provisions 26 by March 31, 2015 26

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned

The sub-program had 16 Treaty Negotiations with Active Fisheries Tables, surpassing its target of 14. Although deferral of treaty negotiations in British Columbia remained in place, numbers exceeded targets due to the inclusion of negotiations resulting from court decisions.

The sub-program also achieved its target of 26 Treaties being implemented with fisheries and oceans provisions.