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Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy funding has not increased for the last 20 years, treaty negotiations are stalled because of a lack of movement from DFO, and Canada cannot meet its basic consultation obligations with First Nations on fisheries issues."
The licence was issued under a pilot sales program that formed part of the federal government's Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy. A number of the commercial fishers who were excluded from the fishery during this 24-hour period participated in a protest fishery.
(18) There was, in his view, a strong correspondence between the pilot sales program and the needs of the bands, in the sense that at least part of its purpose was to facilitate a commercial component to the Aboriginal fishery, in keeping with negotiations between the bands and the government, and with the overall aims of the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy. (19) The program was in part ameliorative, since it was partly aimed at providing economic opportunities for disadvantaged bands.
Sparrow, (4) the federal government implemented the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy ("AFS") to create increased economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in Canadian fisheries.
Under the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy, the Mi'kmaq community of Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church) was subjected to a 98 per cent fishery effort reduction over just six years.
A year later, Ottawa introduced the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy, which included provisions for Indians to sell fish.
Examples include the Federal Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy (derived from the 1990 Sparrow Supreme Court of Canada decision: "Any allocation of priorities after valid conservation measures have been implemented must give top priority to Indian food fishing") and an Aboriginal Forest Strategy.
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