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.