Musqueam Natural Resources Service Group is made up of the environmental stewardship and fisheries departments.
Customary use and stewardship of our ancestral and traditional lands compels xʷməθkʷəy̓əm to take a lead role in planning for access, use, and management of these lands and waters for present and future generations.
What we do
- Recording and sharing, as appropriate, the traditional knowledge of our people by documenting past and continued traditional land uses and associated knowledge from MIB members
- Collecting and communicating comprehensive biophysical, historic, and heritage information about the lands and waters
- Identifying areas for permanent protection from development that are important for sustaining natural and/or altered systems, and/or continuing traditional activities, while preserving cultural areas for present and future generations
- Identifying community economic opportunities and economic strategy based on research, feasibility, consideration of the MIB vision, šxʷtəhim̓, snəw̓eyəɬ, community direction, and skills development and training
- Working with the Government of Canada, as necessary, to implement the Management Plan in a way that provides benefits to Musqueam
- Training of MIB members for key management and administrative positions for the future management of our traditional territory
- Providing environmental education and training for MIB community members
- Learning the values and skills of community knowledge holders through respectful, sharing relationships that will prepare our people for land/resources management, land/resources protection, and employment
Contact: Yeganeh Asadian, Manager
The objectives of Musqueam Fisheries are to:
- develop financial and administrative stability;
- ensure community confidence and respect through clearly defined policy framework;
- improve relationships and external partner confidence;
- enhance safety and security of Aboriginal Fisheries Offices (AFO);
- enhance stewardship role to “protect the Homelands”; and
- strive for open and transparent communication with community.
What we do
- Protect and enhance the inherent fishing rights of Musqueam, consistent with the Sparrow Supreme Court ruling.
- Ensure aquatic resource protection through consultation and negotiation with the Department of Fisheries and adjacent First Nation communities.
- Perform fisheries management cooperatively with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO).
- Responsible for monitoring, reporting, and ensuring compliance with regulations.
- Engage in economic development by examining fish sale opportunities and other species allocation transfers, creating business partnerships with the Tla’amin and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, and conducting employee training.
- Update policies and procedures to improve performance in a complex and changing environment.
Contact: Laura Sparrow, Manager