Indigenous Program Review Implementation
The views of Indigenous people, communities, businesses and organizations shaped Indigenous Program Review recommendations about how the Department needs to improve its programs and accelerate success using three approaches:
- taking practical steps to make the administration of programs more efficient
- igniting a culture change across all DFO regions and sectors by approaching program renewal through the lens of truth and reconciliation – and the long-term goal of a balanced relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous communities
- reconciling resource management by recognizing the co-management capacity of Indigenous peoples and their jurisdiction and authority over territorial resources
The Institute will be tracking the Department’s progress to respond to these recommendations.
We will also continue to be a co-delivery partner in the implementation of some of the IPR recommendations and the roll-out of the Northern Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative. For example:
- Our British Columbia Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund project will help DFO maximize departmental and other federal government collaborations to build the services and expertise of more Indigenous aquatic resource and oceans management groups
- Our Indigenous Training and Skills Development Partnership project will help the Department secure a long-term source of funding for the training components of its programs and to align training with career progression paths.
As featured on indigenousoceans.ca, the Institute recently assessed the technical capacities and needs of Aboriginal aquatic resource and oceans management groups and Indigenous communities to be involved in marine spatial planning. This work is helping the Department build marine planning and conservation programs that involve Indigenous partners and help address their technical needs.