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  • 1. Aboriginal Aquaculture Association 5-Year Strategic Plan (2012-2017)Chief Richard HarryExecutive DirectorAboriginal Aquaculture Association
  • 2. Background First Nations leaders recognize aquaculture as a rapidly-growing economic sector that is brining employment and prosperity to coastal and rural communities throughout Canada Aquaculture is already occurring in traditional territories Many First Nations want to explore potential to become meaningfully engaged in the sector 2
  • 3. Aboriginal Aquaculture Association Aboriginal Aquaculture Association (AAA) was established in 2003 to serve as a coordinating, certification and resource body to facilitate the meaningful participation of First Nations and Aboriginal entrepreneurs in the aquaculture sector • Not-for-Profit Organization • Governed by a Board of Directors The AAA also engages with federal and provincial governments to influence aquaculture policy 3
  • 4. Aboriginal Aquaculture Association The AAA operates with an open and inclusive policy - i.e. services and support are provided to any and all First Nations that request assistance, not only AAA membersObjective To serve as a coordinating, certification and resource body to facilitate the meaningful participation of First Nations & Aboriginal entrepreneurs in the aquaculture sector 4
  • 5. AAA – What We Do Access to Information • Meetings, workshops, individually, newsletters Technical Assistance & Support • Facilitate First Nations engagement in aquaculture Advocacy • Influence aquaculture policy development federally & provincially • Promote & facilitate development of effective partnerships Training • Assist with Development & Delivery of training programs 5
  • 6. Aboriginal Aquaculture Association AAA will continue to assist with the realization of First Nations goals pertaining to sustainable aquaculture development by facilitating access to knowledge, technologies and expertise to overcome the challenges and constraints to Aboriginal aquaculture development 6
  • 7. Aboriginal Aquaculture AssociationVision “First Nations will play a key role in thedevelopment and management of a healthy and sustainable aquaculture sector”Mission“To promote and assist the development of FirstNations’ aquaculture that respects and supports First Nation communities, culture and values.” 7
  • 8. Guiding Principles Respect for each First Nation’s autonomy Enhance economic development opportunities for each First Nation Implement shared decision-making and co-operative management of resources between each First Nation and government Ensure that First Nations realize the benefits from a sustainable aquaculture industry Promote both socioeconomic and environmental sustainabilitySource: First Nations submission to NASAPI 8
  • 9. Building a Better Future Aboriginal communities are increasingly driven by a renewed entrepreneurial spirit and a business focus aimed toward asserting ownership and control over their resources and destiny. Aquaculture is a new wave that has approached the shores of First Nation lands. It presents an exciting opportunity to re-build First Nation economies and stimulate a new era of self-sufficiency and prosperity. 9
  • 10. Building a Better Future Aquaculture presents an opportunity to pursue spiritual, cultural, political and economic development in support of a sustainable economy and community self- determination. The AAA believes that Aboriginal peoples and communities deserve equitable access to aquaculture development opportunities in their traditional territories, should they choose to pursue them. 10
  • 11. Challenges to Aboriginal Engagement in Aquaculture1. Absence of a coordinated, strategic approach to aboriginal aquaculture development2. Lack of capacity and inadequate training for skills development3. Lack of awareness regarding economic development opportunities in the sector 11
  • 12. Challenges to Aboriginal Engagement in Aquaculture4. The costly, time-consuming and cumbersome regulatory framework5. Insufficient access to knowledge and information regarding the implications of aquaculture development in First Nation territories6. Inability to access investment capital 12
  • 13. AAA 5-Year Strategic Plan In 2011, the AAA renewed its Strategic Plan to address the challenges and evolving needs fo First Nations regarding aquaculture development The 5-Year Plan is built around three fundamental strategic elements: • Aboriginal Aquaculture Development Initiatives • Co-Management of Territorial Aquatic Resources • Communications and Administration 13
  • 14. AAA Strategic ObjectivesAboriginal Aquaculture Development Initiatives Increased direct involvement by First Nations and aboriginal entrepreneurs in the aquaculture production and supplies and services sectors Identification of skills requirements within aboriginal communities to support aquaculture development and provision of necessary training Improved access to investment and working capital to support aboriginal aquaculture initiatives 14
  • 15. AAA Strategic ObjectivesCo-Management of Territorial Aquatic Resources Help to position First Nations to become meaningfully engaged as co-managers of the aquatic resources within their traditional territories Foster socially, economically and environmentally sustainable aquaculture development based in part on aboriginal principles and values and the application of traditional ecological knowledge 15
  • 16. AAA Strategic ObjectivesCommunications and Administration Timely dissemination of objective information regarding the scope, status and potential opportunities for sustainable aquaculture development Procurement of resources to support the efforts of the AAA 16
  • 17. Aboriginal Principles for Sustainable Aquaculture  Elements of the APSA: • Third party certification program developed by AAA • Transparency and First Nation (Aboriginal) Inclusiveness • Social Responsibility • Environmental Responsibility • Economic Responsibility  Ahousaht First Nation & Mainstream Canada • First to receive certification 17
  • 18. Aboriginal Aquaculture Association Each Strategic Element is supported by specific Action Items Copies of the AAA 5-Year Strategic Plan are available on the display table The AAA: • Is ready to assist all First Nations in their quest to explore opportunities in aquaculture development • Welcomes your inquiries Thank You 18