The Government of Canada respects, appreciates, and relies on the traditional knowledge and expertise of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities in order to protect our coasts and waterways. They have been safeguarding Canada’s waters for generations and their partnership in the Oceans Protection Plan is a critical element of Canada’s marine transportation system.
Actions being taken
Raising awareness of, and access to, training and job opportunities for underrepresented groups in the marine sector, such as women, Indigenous Peoples, Northerners, and Inuit.
Marine Dialogue Forums are expanding beyond the west coast to other regions in Canada. These Forums are opportunities for stakeholders and Indigenous communities to provide ongoing input into the Oceans Protection Plan.
A marine situational awareness information system that involves working with Indigenous and coastal communities to enhance marine safety and environmental protection.
Providing funding to Indigenous communities for emergency response vessels or equipment required to participate in the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary.
In the spirit of reconciliation, the Government of Canada and several British Columbia First Nations have signed a collaborative agreement to manage, restore and protect the Pacific North Coast.
Funding support to help eligible local and Indigenous communities and organizations take part in developing Canada’s marine system.
Providing marine search and rescue training opportunities to Indigenous communities
Consultations with Indigenous communities and stakeholders on transportation issues, transportation and supply chain improvements, impact assessment reviews in the Salish Sea.
Co-developing Indigenous-led monitoring programs and training on marine birds to build capacity and gather essential information for emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.
Finding solutions to improve marine safety and environmental protection in shared local and regional waterways by working with Indigenous partners, the shipping industry, and other users.