Secwepemc Fisheries Commission

Mission

As part of a larger initiative to establish self-government for the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council communities, the Secwepemc Fisheries Commission advocates for First Nations’ rights and title with respect to our fisheries interests and perspectives. Central to our mission is our commitment to protect existing fisheries resources, to promote integrated, holistic approaches to ecosystem conservation and management, and to provide policy advice on political and technical matters.

The SFC promotes ecosystem conservation and the sustainable use and harvest practices of fisheries resources. The re-invigoration of traditional fisheries practices and the strengthening of First Nations’ social and cultural heritage is a reflection of our respect for all living beings.This, in turn, contributes to the preservation of our values and beliefs.

In our coordinating function, we form partnerships with other fisheries organizations for mutual benefit, and build relationships with other First Nations’ organizations as appropriate. Co-management is a cornerstone of our mandate.

Our Services

SFC is a unique, non-profit support service agency offering creative approaches and innovative solutions. We feature an experienced team of permanent staff with extensive experience working with a wide variety of fisheries programs, technical projects, and policy/management processes. Our staff have over 100 combined years of experience in fisheries management.

Our commitment to partnerships remains a priority. SFC maintains a broad network of relationships with private, public, and tribal organizations including community stewardship groups, watershed roundtables, federal and provincial agencies, provincial crown corporations, other Indigenous tribal and band organizations, and, various private sector companies. We believe that these long-standing partnerships speak to our effectiveness in delivering the highest quality of services in the following areas:

  • Fisheries Management
  • Aquatic Habitat Restoration
  • Communications and Outreach
  • Commercial Salmon Fisheries
  • Salmon Stock Assessment

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Vision

The Secwepemc Fisheries Commission is a progressive First Nations fisheries body that works within the mandate of Shuswap Nation Tribal Council communities and Tribal Chiefs. We support the work of our communities to provide stewardship for the fisheries in their territories and to assert their traditional fisheries rights within a co-management framework. This is accomplished as they are building capacity for self-government.

Team

Murray Ross, Director of Fisheries, Secwepemc Fisheries Commission
680 Athabasca Street West
Kamloops, BC
V2H 1C4

Communities

(members)

Adams Lake Indian Band
Bonaparte Indian Band
Neskonlith Indian Band
Little Shuswap Lake Indian Band
Shuswap Indian Band
Simpcw First Nation
Skeetchestn Indian Band
Splatsín First Nation
Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc
Whispering Pines/Clinton Indian Band

KEY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

Fisheries Management Aquatic Habitat Restoration ∙ Communications and Outreach ∙ Commercial Salmon Fisheries ∙ Salmon Stock Assessment ∙

Internal Capacity

  • Director of Fisheries
  • Fisheries Management Coordinator
  • Operations Manager
  • 2 Fisheries Biologists
  • 3 Fisheries Technicians

Partnerships

  • Province of BC
  • Fraser Basin Council
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada
  • Pacific Salmon Foundation
  • Watershed Watch Salmon Society
  • Kingfisher Environmental Centre
  • BC Cattlemen’s Association
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative
  • BC Wildlife Federation
  • BC Hydro
  • Shuswap Watershed Council
  • Adams River Salmon Society
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Columbia Basin Trust

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