Secwepemc Fisheries Commission

Secwepemc Fisheries Commission

SFC Vision and Mission Statement

The Secwepemc Fisheries Commission (SFC) is a progressive First Nations fisheries body formed in 1992 that works within the mandate of Shuswap Nation Tribal Council. We support the work of our communities to provide stewardship for the fisheries in their territories and to assert their traditional fisheries rights within a co-management framework. This is accomplished as they are building capacity for self-government.

As part of a larger initiative to establish self-government for the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council communities, SFC advocates for First Nations rights and title with respect to our fisheries interests. Central to our mission is our commitment to protect existing fisheries resources, to promote integrated, holistic approaches to ecosystem conservation and management, and to provide policy advice on political and technical matters.

The SFC promotes ecosystem conservation and the sustainable use and harvest practices of fisheries resources. The re-invigoration of traditional fisheries practices and the strengthening of First Nations social and cultural heritage is a reflection of our respect for all living beings and contributes to the preservation of our values and beliefs. We form partnerships with other fisheries organizations for mutual benefit, and build relationships with other First Nations organizations. Co-management is a cornerstone of our mandate.

Overview of SFC Operations.May2015

 

The Mission is accomplished through 5 primary activities:

  1. Representation and Communication
  2. Co-Management Projects
  3. Food, Social, Ceremonial (FSC) Fisheries Management
  4. Organizational and Capacity Building
  5. Economic Development

 

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SFC Steering Committee

The SFC Steering Committee was convened in 2006 to guide the growth and development of the SFC and to serve as a formal link between the SFC and the SNTC communities reporting directly to the SNTC Council of Chiefs.  The Committee has the mandate from the SNTC Chiefs and Councils for: planning, policy discussions, recommendations, and communications.  Membership of the Committee is comprised of two representatives from each of the SNTC member communities (one representative and one alternate), as appointed by the Chief and Council from each SNTC community.

 

Watershed

Within the larger Secwepemc traditional territory, SFC’s operating area includes the Thompson – Shuswap river watersheds, upstream of the Bonaparte River confluence near Ashcroft, BC, as well as parts of the middle Fraser River and headwaters of the Fraser River.

This landscape is diverse and arguably comprise the most socially, economically and ecologically important aquatic ecosystem in BC.  Many anadromous and resident fish species utilize the waterways for migration, holding, spawning, and rearing habitat.  Anadromous salmon species in the operating area include:

  • Sockeye (Oncorhynchus nerka) – lake-type form
  • Chinook (O. tshawytscha) – Spring and Summer adult returns, ocean- and stream-type juvenile life history
  • Coho (O. kisutch) – Interior Fraser
  • Pink (O. gorbuscha) – Odd year
  • Steelhead (O. mykiss) – Interior Summer, Thompson stock

 

SFC Staff Members

Murray Ross
Murray Ross
Director of Fisheries

Murray is responsible for guiding the organizational development, management and operations of the Secwepemc Fisheries Commission. Specific duties include: strategic and program planning; financial management; administration; program management and reporting. Murray is responsible for the leadership, development, and management of the program, operating and financial affairs of the Secwepemc Fisheries Commission.

Phone 778-471-8221
Email mross@shuswapnation.org
Pat Matthew
Pat Matthew
Fisheries Management Coordinator

Pat coordinates consultation and engagement of fisheries management plans and policies on behalf of the Tribal Council and its member communities.  He communicates the conservation and harvest interests of member communities to agencies and other First Nations organizations through a variety of technical and management forums.

Phone 778-471-8224
Email pmatthew@shuswapnation.org
Michelle Walsh
Michelle Walsh
Tribal Fisheries Biologist

Michelle is from the Carrier Nation (Nadleh Whut’en Band).  Her role is to assist the Director of Fisheries in implementation of fisheries management programs by providing biological support to Secwepemc communities.  Specific responsibilities include: lead Scientific Authority on fisheries projects, project management, development and implementation of monitoring strategies to evaluate projects, fisheries management, outreach and education, technical support and reporting, fish habitat restoration research endeavors, and developing band fisheries capacity.

Phone 778-471-8222
Email mwalsh@shuswapnation.org
Aaron Gillespie
Aaron Gillespie
Senior Fisheries Technician

The senior fisheries technician is responsible for assisting the director of fisheries and other SFC technical staff with habitat project planning, management and implementation of the band fisheries programs, and to assist with harvest projects and opportunities.

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Miranda Brooke
Miranda Brooke
Fish Habitat Restoration Technician

Miranda supports SFC member communities in building and/or expanding their internal capacity to deliver fish habitat restoration projects.  She works in collaboration with the bands on prioritizing, planning, implementing, and monitoring field projects and offers technical advice as required.  She is also involved with the implementation of science-based fish habitat research studies. 

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Email mbrooke@shuswapnation.org
Kathy Meixner
Kathy Meixner
Office Assistant

Kathy is responsible for maintaining office operations by providing clerical and secretarial support to the staff at the SFC.  She is responsible for record keeping, mail and correspondence, and maintaining supplies and equipment.

Phone 778-471-8220
Email sfcinfo@shuswapnation.org
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