Archived - Government's Response - Request for Information about the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (AFS) and the Marshall Decision - Covering Letter

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Mr. Wayne Easter, M.P.
Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans
House of Commons, Parliament Buildings
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Dear Mr. Easter:

This letter is in response to your letter of April 22, 2002 requesting information regarding the amount of fisheries resources transferred to First Nations under the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (AFS) program and the Federal Government's response to the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Marshall.

As I mentioned at the May 23rd Committee hearing, I appreciate your interest in First Nations fisheries issues and understand the desire of the Standing Committee to be informed of the government's progress in this area.

I am pleased to provide, in the attached responses and tables, much of the information that has been requested. Unfortunately, not all of the information is available at this time. Where this is the case the attached response notes the information not being provided, the reason why and, where appropriate, the steps that are being taken to respond to your request. Please note that we have been careful to specify details of the responses given as varying levels of information have been provided to protect ongoing negotiations with fishers and First Nations.

Departmental staff will be made available to respond to any questions that the Committee's staff members may have concerning your request and the attached response.

Yours truly,

Robert G. Thibault