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Integrated Aboriginal Contribution
Management Framework
Integrated Aboriginal Contribution 
Management Framework

Kevin Wilkins, Regional Manager, Aboriginal Programs, DFO; Serge Langelier, AMIK; Majoric Pinette, Pessamit; Norbert Fontaine, Uashat; Pierre Wapistan, Natashquan; Isabelle Morency, Native Affairs Coordinator, DFO-North Shore Area; Léo St-Onge, Director, AMIK; Pierre Léonard, Essipit; Nancy Ritchie, administrative assistant; Pauline Lalonde, DFO-Ottawa; and Yves Bernier, Director, Shipek.


On March 17 and 18, 2011, all the North Shore Innu bands met in Sept-Îles for a training session on the Integrated Aboriginal Contribution Management Framework.

The purpose of this framework is to ease the administrative burden associated with the seven Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) programs pertaining to Aboriginal fisheries programs by making them more flexible and adaptable.

Contribution agreements benefitting Aboriginal communities or groups are concluded in the context of several programs, such as the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy, the Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program, the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk and the Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative.

The principal objectives of the integrated management framework are to:

  • Emphasize results rather than activities;
  • Reduce the administrative burden for First Nations and Fisheries and Oceans Canada in order to save time and focus on objectives;
  • Establish service standards;
  • Work toward the standardization of administrative processes.

Training and discussions

The March meeting with the Innu bands was a success. The training provided should help the North Shore Aboriginal communities adapt more easily to changes in the programs' administration and offer them an opportunity to make the DFO more aware of their needs. Furthermore, this training session is a fine example of harmonization efforts and the team spirit that exists between the First Nations and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. It is in everyone's best interest to encourage frequent meetings and workshops with all our Aboriginal partners.

Isabelle Morency, North Shore Area
Kevin Wilkins, Fisheries Management
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