The National Indigenous Fisheries Institute will be hosting the Fourth National Indigenous Fisheries & Aquaculture Forum (NAFF IV) in Nanaimo, BC October 16th through 19th, 2023.
NAFF IV will build off of the successes of the first three conferences and will focus on shaping the future of Indigenous fisheries. Influential leaders across Indigenous fisheries and aquaculture industry and government will be present across this three-day event designed to highlight innovation in industry, emerging markets, government programming, the evolution of aquaculture, and more. Delegates will also be able to take advantage of opportunities to network and build national and international relationships.
This event will also be host to an industry tradeshow, networking opportunities and a cultural showcase evening and a banquet dinner. Various ticketing options will be made available upon registration.
Please note: This event will be also held in a hybrid format offering virtual participation to make it as accessible and safe for as many delegates as possible.
Registration Opens May 4th, 2023
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Shaping the Future of Indigenous Fisheries
Please join us in British Columbia, the home of 204 Indigenous communities and more than 30 Indigenous languages.
Vancouver Island Conference Centre, Nanimo, BC
*The Forum will also offer virtual participation
Our forum will take place over a 4 day period offering a variety of events. Find details of our agenda below.
October 16th through 19th, 2023
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.
NAFF IV is currently working on a solidified event agenda and will be releasing the full event schedule in the coming weeks.
A prominent keynote speaker will join us to address our participants. The NAFF IV agenda includes a number of high profile experts within the Indigenous fisheries and aquaculture fields. More information will be shared as it is made available.
This forum will include a cultural showcase, highlighting a number of the local Indigenous communities in the area. We invite participants and communities to contact us should they be interested in participating.
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.
Tradeshow, Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities
NIFI is current inviting industry leaders to partner with us in presenting NAFF IV.
Please consider supporting this event and being a part of shaping the future of Indigenous fisheries. There are a variety of opportunities and many ways you can contribute to the success of this event.
You can learn more about our sponsorship opportunities by reviewing the below package or by contacting us directly.
Registration will open May 4th, 2023. There are a variety of ticketing options based on your individual needs, including both virtual & in-person attendance. There is no cost to attend this event.
Pre-registration is required to attend.
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