Report on Plans and Priorities 2015-16

Analysis of Programs by Strategic Outcome

Program 1.2 - Aboriginal Strategies and Governance

Description

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: (1) food, social and ceremonial usage; (2) collaborative management, by building the capacity required to engage in an integrated fishery; and, (3) conservation, by building monitoring, policing and species at risk management capacities. The program provides strategic advice for 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. In addition to the transfer payments mentioned below, this program uses funding from the following transfer payments: Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative, Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative and Treaty Related Measures.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Main Estimates
2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
85,549,894 85,549,894 55,147,973 55,224,355

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
133.5 126.4 126.4

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
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% March 31, 2016
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 March 31, 2016

Planning Highlights - Organizational Priorities

  • Continue to enhance stable fisheries management regimes and maintain strong relationships with Aboriginal groups, by:

    • Advancing treaty fisheries negotiations in British Columbia and Atlantic Canada, under approved fisheries negotiation mandates, as well as ongoing fisheries negotiations in the Northwest Territories, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador;
    • Implementing fisheries elements of the 24 existing treaties and preparing for the April 2016 effective date for Tla'amin and Yale First Nations Final Agreements in British Columbia;
    • Continued implementation of Aboriginal programs such as the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy and the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program; and
    • Implementing the renewal of the Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative and the Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative.

The Aboriginal Strategies and Governance program is delivered through three sub-programs as indicated in the Program Alignment Architecture:


Sub-program 1.2.1 - Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy

Description

The Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy sub-program 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 StrategyFootnote1 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. This program uses funding from the following transfer payment: Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
53,953,281 27,636,736 27,683,878

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
50.5 50.5 50.5

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
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 March 31, 2016
Number of Aboriginal communities issued a communal licence for food, social and ceremonial purposes 150 March 31, 2016

Sub-program 1.2.2 - Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management

Description

The Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management contribution program assists Aboriginal groups develop capacity to more effectively participate in aquatic resource and oceans management multi-stake holder 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 Oceans Management.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
17,481,401 15,783,090 15,783,090

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
18.8 11.8 11.8

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
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 March 31, 2016

Sub-program 1.2.3 - Strategies and Governance

Description

The Strategies and Governance sub-program provides advice on Aboriginal fishing issues, negotiates agreements on the management of Aboriginal fisheries, and integrates agreements into management frameworks. It provides policy advice on Aboriginal issues and support to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada on land claims and self-government in the following areas: aquatic resource allocation, habitat protection provisions, oceans, etc. This sub-program provides advice on implementing fisheries obligations in modern treaties and monitors the implementation of final treaty agreements.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)

2015-16
Planned Spending
2016-17
Planned Spending
2017-18
Planned Spending
14,115,212 11,728,148 11,757,387

Human Resources (full-time equivalents)

2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
64.2 64.1 64.1

Performance Measurement

Expected Result Performance Indicator Target Date to be Achieved
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 March 31, 2016
Number of Treaties being implemented with Fisheries and Oceans provisions 26 March 31, 2016