Dene Nation to hire fisheries coordinator to work with feds in Arctic region

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Officials from the Dene Nation are rolling up their sleeves and getting down to the fish business with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard to develop the Arctic Region

According to a Dene Nation news release they’ve signed an agreement with DFO and the coast guard that will assist Dene Nation with capacity building by providing funds to hire a fisheries coordinator.

That person will work to develop the Dene position on the new Arctic Region policy announced by DFO and the coast guard in 2018.

“The recently signed contribution agreement between Dene Nation and the Canadian Coast Guard is a step in the direction of finalizing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the parties have been working towards for several months” stated Dene National Chief Norman Yakeleya. “The development of the Arctic Region has potential for the Government of Canada to work jointly with the Dene, Inuvialuit and Inuit to co-develop and co-manage programs, policy and regulations for fisheries and coast guard matters within our homelands.”

Climate change has already had a dramatic effect on fish habitat above the Arctic Circle.

For more information on the new agreement, contact the Dene Nation in Yellowknife.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.