John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Ontario’s Government for the People is working with Nipissing First Nation to renew joint efforts to sustainably manage the Lake Nipissing fisheries and support the recovery of the walleye population.

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry has said that our government is committed to work together with Indigenous partners to create and support jobs and economic opportunities in Northern Ontario,” said John Yakabuski.”We have signed a new three-year agreement that will support Nipissing First Nation’s commercial fishery, helping to promote sustainable economic growth and resource management.”

The new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) came into effect March 11, 2019 and ends March 10, 2022. It will support the recovery of the walleye population and build on successes achieved, including:

  • Establishing strong relationships between Ontario and the Nipissing First Nation that respect the First Nation’s treaty rights to commercially fish the waters of Lake Nipissing
  • Improving the sharing of fisheries data to inform effective science-based management decisions on Lake Nipissing
  • Providing resources to support the implementation of Nipissing First Nation’s Fisheries Law and help manage its commercial fishery on the lake
  • Supporting education and compliance through restorative justice

Chief Scott McLeod said that our goal is to work cooperatively to support a healthy, sustainable fishery that our nation can continue to enjoy and rely on for generations to come.” “This will be achieved through the full implementation of Nipissing First Nation’s Fisheries Law.”