A Collaboration of the q̓ic̓əy̓, qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, səlilwətaɬ and sc̓əwaθən məsteyəx First Nations

Our Vision

Our vision is to become a Centre of Expertise for the preservation, protection, and restoration of the lands, waters and resources within our Traditional Territories. We have identified three areas of focus:



Protecting and enhancing fisheries and other aquatic resources.



Protecting, restoring and monitoring water quality and fish habitat.



Pooling resources and building capacity within the six First Nations communities for the management of fish, ecosystems and natural resources.

Our Story

Collectively anticipating that the major projects of the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure would directly impact fish and fish habitat, six First Nations recognized the importance of being meaningful partners in shaping these projects.

In the Spring of 2013, the Province of British Columbia 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. Known as the First Nations Fisheries Legacy Fund, this fisheries-focused fund is intended to support the protection, restoration and enhancement of ecosystem productivity in the lower Fraser River and Burrard Inlet by becoming a Centre of Expertise.

A board of directors with delegates from each of the six First Nations oversees the organization. The First Nations Fisheries Council of BC, a key partner, provides operational support for all activities.

Our Mandate

For the six First Nations to work together to protect, conserve and restore the health of aquatic species and ecosystems that have been, and continue to be impacted by urbanization and industrialization. We support the advancement of informed decision-making through partnerships, capacity development and collaborative conservation. We work to support member nations to achieve their environmental and sustainability goals in the lower Fraser River and Burrard Inlet.

Our role is to help facilitate matters of broad concern between the six partner First Nations.

Our Strategic Plan

Through partnership, capacity development and collaborative conservation, we support informed decision-making.

Strategic Priorities

Support the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in fish and aquatic habitat management

Foster new and existing partnerships to pursue research, restoration and stewardship priorities

Achieve financial stability through the development of partnerships and long-term funding agreements

Build transparency, accountability, and credibility as a non-profit organization

Who We Are

Our Board is composed of six delegates, one from each of the member First Nations. This allows for constructive collaboration among First Nations and brings a variety of Indigenous Knowledge, expertise, skills, and experience to the Legacy Fund. On an annual basis, the Board members report on the history and activities of the FNFLF to the Councils of their respective Nations.

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