Projects & Initiatives

The Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative

The Atlantic Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (AICFI) supports Mi'kmaq and Maliseet First Nations in developing commercial fisheries enterprise governance and business management skills, building capacity in commercial fisheries operations, and playing a more effective rolein fisheries co-management.  The AICFI serves eligible communities located in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and the Gaspé region.

The major goal of AICFI is to provide the mentoring and training required to support First Nations in building capacity in commercial fisheries. Much of the work of APC’s Fisheries Department is related to the different components of the AICFI that contribute to the overall goals of the program. These include:

  • Component 1: Enterprise Governance Enhancement
  • Component 2: Management Practice Enhancement
  • Component 3: Fisheries Co-Management Capacity Building
  • Component 4: Commercial Fisheries Diversification

The Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program

The Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management (AAROM) program provides funding to First Nations organizations to develop administrative, scientific and technical expertise related to aquatic resource and oceans management. AAROM aggregate bodies are established by their member communities to contribute to integrated ecosystem and watershed management and planning processes on their behalf. The APC’s current role is to provide support services for the AAROM on regional issues with impacts beyond specific watersheds.

The APC works with the following Atlantic AAROM bodies and their member communities:

For more information, please contact:

The Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative

The Aboriginal Aquaculture in Canada Initiative (AACI) is a program that supports Aboriginal economic development in the aquaculture sector by providing business and technical support through Aquaculture Business Development Teams.

The AACI is a national partnership between:

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • Aboriginal Aquaculture Association
  • Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs
  • Ulnooweg Development Group
  • Waubetek Business Development Corporation

First Nations in Atlantic Canada that are interested in receiving business or technical support for aquaculture projects can contact Fernando Salazar, Fisheries Business Development Advisor:

Climate Change

For more information regarding APC’s initiatives dealing with climate change impacts to Atlantic Indigenous communities, visit: