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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
FEBRUARY - MARCH 2012/VOLUME 15/NUMBER 1
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Successful workshop with
First Nations
Delphine Metallic

Fred Metallic during his presentation
Delphine Metallic

For several years, and in cooperation with the First Nations of the Gaspé Peninsula and Lower St. Lawrence, Fisheries and Oceans Canada has organised annual meetings in the form of workshops to answer questions about issues associated with commercial fishing.

At the third annual meeting, held on January 11, 12 and 13, 2012, the roles were reversed: the First Nations drew up the agenda and for the first time, the meeting took place on a reserve, at Listuguj.

The traditional welcome ceremony presented in front of all participants set the stage for the various discussions that were to follow.

Following the proposed agenda, Department representatives had the opportunity to present a number of updates on sectoral and regional governance, Aboriginal programs, projects to restructure traditional fleets and their background, as well as on conservation measures and new technologies.

Afterwards, Fred Metallic, of Listuguj, captivated participants with a highly interesting and constructive presentation about fisheries-related Aboriginal relations and knowledge, the rights and obligations of these groups and the issues they will face in the future. In addition, the four First Nations shared their business plans, which each set out their specific particularities in a context of sustainable development.

Members of the processing industry and marketing sectors as well as Canadian Food Inspection Agency representatives also took part in this meeting and contributed to its success.

Encouraged by the warm welcome extended by members of the Listuguj First Nation and the well-prepared workshops, participants were able to take part in thorough discussions of such issues as future development and healthy governance with the First Nations. All participants appeared to be delighted with the format adopted for this year’s meeting.


Vincent Malouin
Gaspe–Lower St. Lawrence Area
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