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. APC is a regional AAROM that provides support services for the AAROMs on regional issues with impacts beyond specific watersheds.
The Atlantic AAROM Directors Meetings are a venue to support AAROM activities and facilitate collaboration between AAROM bodies by providing a forum for regular communication among AAROM Directors and staff, organizing the presentation of ongoing work in different regions, and sharing information about AAROM activities within an AAROM network. The Atlantic AAROM Directors meetings are important to ensure that AAROM Directors have an opportunity to share information, and decide on research, projects and initiatives for coordination and collaboration based on consensus.
Atlantic AAROM Science Symposium
The Annual Atlantic AAROM Science Research Symposium is a platform for the Atlantic AAROMs to discuss their current aquatic research projects, share information, and to provide a networking opportunity for AAROMs to discuss collaboration of future projects. Each year, an AAROM is chosen to host the event.
On November 24thand 26th, 2020, APC hosted the Atlantic AAROM Science Symposium virtually. Each of the AAROMs presented on their current research projects and how they adjusted due to the pandemic restrictions.
Agence Mamu Innu Kaikusseht will be hosting the next science symposium in 2021.
National AAROM Steering Committee
The Annual National AAROM Meeting is a networking venue to bring together AAROM Directors from across Canada with Fisheries and Oceans (DFO). The purpose is to provide a forum for the Directors build partnerships, discuss common challenges, share information, and to strengthen the network of other AAROMs. The meeting is co-designed and co-developed by a Steering Committee of AAROM Directors and DFO’s National Capital Region. APC is one of the members of this committee and continues to provide input to the committee from the perspective as a regional AAROM and provides feedback on the annual National AAROM meeting. This year’s National AAROM Meeting will be a series of virtual sessions in January and February of 2021.
National AAROM Virtual Youth Gathering
On February 11th, 2021, in collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), APC hosted the National AAROM Virtual Youth Gathering. The gathering is a forum for Indigenous youth to come together and learn about current or planned initiatives by the AAROM network and to discuss if they meet their career aspirations. The venue is also used to learn what other future initiatives, programs, and/or workshops can help support youth as they pursue education and careers in the fields of fisheries, aquatic resource and oceans science. The gathering included a presentation from DFO on the AAROM program, a panel discussion of youth from across Canada in the field, an oral story on aquatic resources, and oceans management, and breakout sessions for youth to share their own experiences. The final recommendations will be provided to the AAROM network to help inform future AAROM initiatives.
In March 2020, APC hired Heidi Weidand and Shelley Price to conduct research around species at risk in the Atlantic Region and to provide guidance and recommendations to APC to help communities develop awareness and practices to support their needs.
Indigenous Fishers on Stewardship Measures for Marine Species at Risk
In January 2020, APC partnered with Oceans North on fisheries rebuilding and species at risk with First Nations fishers and AAROMs. APC hosted four, two-hour virtual workshops from April to October 2020 with Atlantic First Nations Fisheries Managers and Directors. A report of the outcomes of the workshops is coming soon.
Atlantic First Nations Aquatic Species at Risk Committee
APC and AAROM Directors were concerned with the lack of attention to aquatic species at risk and culturally significant species on a national level (DFO, ECCC, Assembly of First Nations, etc.). In December 2020, APC joined together with like minded people from Atlantic AAROM organizations to form anAtlantic First Nations Aquatic Species at Risk Committee. This venue gives AAROMs the chance to collaborate as a region to push the agenda on aquatic species at risk. The committee meets every quarter to have meaningful discussions on topic that are of greatest concern to the group.