In the Spring of 2013 the Province of BC made a one-time $2 million contribution to establish a new Fund to be co-managed by Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Musqueam, Tsawwassen and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
The First Nations Fisheries Legacy Fund will help the six First Nations work in collaboration to address impacts to fish and fish habitat from increased industrialization and urbanization in the Lower Fraser and Burrard Inlet.
All have expressed concerns about the health of habitat, riparian areas, water and air quality, fishing and hunting sites and cultural sites in their traditional territories and would like to lead change for the better.
Financing of the legacy fund comes from the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Gateway Program, which is responsible for several major transportation infrastructure projects in the Lower Mainland: construction of a new Port Mann Bridge, Highway 1 improvements and development of the South Fraser Perimeter Road.
A board of directors with representation from each of the six First Nations oversees the fund. Operational support is provided by the First Nations Fisheries Council.