The Branch’s sectors each play an important role in supporting First Nations’ leadership, and its access to the economy and development of its infrastructure.
Protecting First Nations’ economic capacity to exercise their jurisdiction, improving economic wellbeing among First Nations, and advocating for control over programs and services in the areas of economic development, fisheries and infrastructure is critical to working towards the closure of the socio-economic gap.
Fisheries, hunting, forestry, and food harvesting rights are longstanding advocacy areas that serve to inform emerging policy areas, such as cannabis and clean energy, to be active parts in the future economic reconciliation with First Nations.
St. Mary’s First Nation—a Wolastoqiyik (Maliseet) Fredericton, NB, b. 1973
Giving Thanks – (who-la-zoo+w-wel-dum-wah-gun),
Acrylic on Canvas