Canadian Aboriginal fisheries

In Indigenous culture, fishing has always been part of a subsistence economy. The First Nations peoples have long understood the importance of protecting natural resources for current and future generations. As such, they have developed a relationship with nature based on harmony and respect.

In recent decades, an Aboriginal fishing industry governed by each community’s rules has developed gradually. Today, Indigenous peoples are increasingly joining the commercial fisheries sector and are seeking to reconcile their values with the need for economic and social development.

Under the Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations, licences are issued not to individuals but to entire communities that take part in managing aquatic resources. Each community member owns the fishing boats, marine farms and processing plants.

The spinoffs generated by an Aboriginal company therefore benefit the entire community to which it belongs.

Participating First Nations

We thank the participating indigenous communities for their dedication and valuable collaboration. We invite all First Nations in Canada to join the Keshken project and to offer consumers healthful, authentic products from eco-friendly fisheries.

To learn more about the Indigenous communities that contribute to Keshken’s success, follow the links below.