Report on Plans and Priorities 2013-14

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Sub-program 1.2.1 - Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy


The Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy enables the establishment of relationships with Aboriginal groups, provides a mechanism for Fisheries and Oceans Canada to address its obligations, and promotes stable and orderly fisheries management for the benefit of all Canadians. The Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy is the framework for the provision of access for food, social, and ceremonial purposes, consistent with the 1990 Supreme Court of Canada decision in R v. Sparrow. Via Comprehensive Fisheries Agreements and Project Funding Agreements (contribution funds), which describe the terms and conditions for food, social, and ceremonial fishing and which are negotiated between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Aboriginal groups, other broader objectives of the Program are met, including: providing Aboriginal groups with an opportunity to participate in the management of their fisheries; contributing to the economic self-sufficiency of Aboriginal communities; and providing a foundation for the development of treaties and self-government agreements.

Financial Resources ($ millions)

Total Budgetary
(Main Estimates)
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
Planned Spending
27.3 27.3 27.4 27.4

Human Resources (FTE)

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
30 30 30

Performance Measurement

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, 2014
Number of Aboriginal communities issued a communal licence for food, social, and ceremonial purposes 150 by March 31, 2014

The Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy Sub-program is part of the Aboriginal Strategies and Governance Program.