Environment and Fisheries

Malahat Nations Environment and Fisheries department focuses on promoting stewardship and sustainable practices throughout the marine and terrestrial environment in the Nation’s traditional territory. The following is an overview of the departmental activities:

  • Manages commercial crab, salmon and red urchin fishing licenses, as well as Food, Social and Ceremonial (FSC) permits
  • Consults on major projects that may affect Malahat Nation aboriginal rights and title, including Roberts Bank Terminal 2 and Trans Mountain Expansion Project
  • Distributes Food Fish to the Malahat community. 2017 distributions included:
    • Herring
    • Sockeye
    • Chinook
    • Crab
  • Provides technical and scientific expertise for environmental assessments, local developments and Nation governance.

Recent projects include:

  • Soil import bylaws
  • Proposed marine and foreshore developments
  • Environmental Site Assessments
  • Provides meaningful feedback on proposed changes to Canadian legislation in order to safeguard Malahat interests.

Recent reviews include:

  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Act: Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
  • Fisheries Act: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Navigable Waters Act: Transport Canada
  • National Energy Board Act: Canadian National Energy Board
  • Develops sustainability and stewardship initiatives such as smart homes, Saanich Inlet prawn and crab buoy surveys, and commercial boat charter services
  • Collaborates with Island Marine Aquatic Group to advance First Nation fisheries interests
  • Provides digital mapping and Geographic Information Systems support for Malahat Nation
  • Engages in developing Marine Response Plans in partnership with Western Canada Marine Response Corporation and the Canadian Coastguard; oversees preparations for any potential oil spills.
  • Engages with local/municipal governments to coordinate response plan to air, soil and water pollution for the region.