The National Indigenous Fisheries Institute hosted the Fourth National Indigenous Fisheries & Aquaculture Forum (NAFF IV) in Nanaimo, BC from October 16-19, 2023.
NAFF IV built off of the successes of the first three conferences and focused on shaping the future of Indigenous fisheries. Influential leaders across the Indigenous fisheries and aquaculture industry and government were present across this three-day event designed to highlight innovation in industry, emerging markets, government programming, the evolution of aquaculture, and more. Delegates also took advantage of opportunities to network and build national and international relationships.
This event also hosted an industry tradeshow, networking opportunities, a cultural showcase evening and a banquet dinner. The Forum was held in a hybrid format offering virtual participation to make it as accessible and safe for as many delegates as possible.
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Shaping the Future of Indigenous Fisheries
The National Indigenous Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum was established with a National Working Group in order to host information and workshop sessions across Canada in the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
This national forum held an event in Halifax, NS in 2011 titled “The Business of Fisheries” followed by an event in Nanaimo, BC in late 2012 titled “Seize the Economic Opportunities”. Both of these forums were well attended with representation from across the country and the United States.
NAFF hosted the third event in May 2017 in Membertou, NS titled “Diversity, Integration and Leadership”. This event welcomed international participants from the State University of Sinaloa,Mexico, US Casino Food & Beverage, the John Nagle Co. and many others.
Each of these forums are designed to share and transfer knowledge and meet face to face with other individuals and organizations that have diversified and/or implemented successful strategies.
NAFF IV will build off the successes of the first three conferences and will focus on shaping the future of Indigenous fisheries.
The NAFF IV event agenda is available in both English and French.
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.C., O.B.C. will act as our Keynote Speaker. A Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, he is a survivor of the residential school system and helped found Reconciliation Canada, for which he is now an ambassador. Chief Joseph is an inspiring leader who as As Chairman of the Native American Leadership Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation and Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation with the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IFWP), Chief Joseph has sat with the leaders of South Africa, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia and Washington, DC to learn from and share his understanding of faith, hope, healing and reconciliation.
The Yisya̱’winux̱w Dancers are a professional, adult and youth dance group led by Dorothy “Pewi” Alfred whose members represent many of the 16 tribes of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw people. Although, Yisya̱’winuxw is the most recent formed dance group of the Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw Nation, many members have performed professionally for over 20 years.
Each of the Yisya̱’winux̱w dancers are initiated in Potlatch ceremonies. The dances and songs used in our performances are owned by the members, and families within the group.
There will be an exhibit/tradeshow during the conference that could provide a high profile for your organization. All sponsors will have the opportunity to participate in the tradeshow and share their organizational information with our audience.
The National Indigenous Fisheries Institute (NIFI) is an Indigenous-led organization that focuses on fisheries management, science, and conservation within Indigenous communities.
NIFI promotes national consistency and standards across Indigenous programs and practises to maximize the benefits to communities.
The Institute was set up in May 2017 following the National Indigenous Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum (formerly known as the National Aboriginal Fisheries Forum). The organization is rooted in the principle of collaboration between Indigenous groups and government: the co-development, co-design and co-delivery approach to improving the programs and practises that impact the lives of Indigenous peoples.
Our work began with Indigenous Program Review and the development of the Northern Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative. This was completed in May 2019 and formally accepted by Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the same time. In September 2019, the Department also released a publicly accessible Action Plan to respond to each of the recommendations put forth in the review.
The Institute now has a number of projects underway to support Indigenous Program Review Implementation and the delivery of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Action Plan.
Presentations & Forum Materials
Commercial Fisheries Enterprise Presentation – October 17 2023
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The planning team has negotiated preferred rates and room blocks at a number of local hotels for those who have opted to attend the event in person. Preferred rates have been secured at the following locations:
You may be eligible for travel support. NAFF IV can provide travel support to qualifying delegates. Delegates must make their own travel arrangements – NAFF cannot make travel arrangements on behalf of delegates or provide advance payments.
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Qualifying delegates are required to apply for reimbursement in advance to ensure that they meet criteria and to allow for faster processing.
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