L'nu Fisheries

President: Jordan Crane
Phone: (902)892-5314
Fax:(902)368-7464
Cell Phone: (902)439-1053

"To obtain a rightful share of the Atlantic Aquatic Resources for the Traditional Homeland Aboriginal Peoples of Prince Edward Island towards becoming regionally recognized as harvesters and traders of high quality seafood ".

"Promote, advance and manage the Aboriginal Communal Commercial Fishery for the continued improvement of the economic and social condition of the Traditional Homeland Aboriginal Peoples of Prince Edward Island".

Commercial Access Through L'nu Fisheries Limited

Numerous shellfish, eel, silversides, and smelt licences are available to the membership of the Native Council Of Prince Edward Island (NCPEI) through L'nu Fisheries Limited, the Aboriginal Communal Commercial Fishing Entity for the Kelewatl Commission. To date L'nu Fisheries Limited has the opportunity to employ approximately 50 members in the different spring and fall fisheries. L'nu Fisheries is also starting to get involved in the Aquaculture industry. We now have two oyster leases in western PEI and two mussel leases in eastern PEI. L'nu Fisheries Limited also has six commercial lobster licence packages spread throughout Prince Edward Island as well as three commercial rock crab licences and two tuna licences. These gears are used for employment as well as training opportunities for the membership of NCPEI. All profits from these licence packages are put back into the commercial growth of L'nu Fisheries Limited.

Past and Present - The slow road to commercial access

In 1995, the NCPEI Mi'kmaq Fisheries Program began with the acquisition of two lobster licenses for lobster fishing area (LFA) 26A, one scallop license for scallop fishing area (SFA) 24, one squid license for areas 12-17, one swordfish harpoon license for areas 3, 4 and 5 and one clam license for tidal waters of PEI. These initial licenses were acquired through the ATP component of the AFS.

In 1996, there were no license acquisitions. In 1997, the NCPEI Mi'kmaq Fisheries program received a slight increase in their license holdings with the addition of some marginal licenses, specifically, twenty clam licenses, six eel spear licenses and six fall oyster licenses, all for tidal areas of PEI.

In 1998, NCPEI Mi'kmaq Fisheries program received another marginal license with the acquisition of one LFA 25 rock crab license. In 1999 and 2000 there were no new license acquisitions.

More significant growth for the NCPEI ACCFE occurred between 2001 and 2004 with the acquisition of three LFA 24 lobster licenses, one LFA 25 lobster license and associated gear. The four vessels, Megan Mary, Mill River Mist, Nicoles Knight and Now N Then were acquired between 2001 and 2004. The NCPEI Mi'kmaq Fisheries Program also received twenty additional clam licenses, eighteen fall oyster licenses, twenty spring oyster licenses, all for tidal areas of PEI, and two Bluefin tuna licenses for the gulf region. Access was also provided for silverside, smelts, marine plants, mussels, herring and mackerel.

To the NCPEI and its large community of Traditional Ancestral Homeland Mi'kmaq/Aboriginal Peoples, these acquisitions of licenses and vessels between 2001 and 2004 represent a large and significant move towards our economic aspirations and fledgling economic approach to sustainability and viability. This sudden increase in license holdings was due to an enhanced Aboriginal Transfer Program which came about following the Marshall decision. However, the increase in the ATP component came at a price of 300 food fishery lobster traps for an additional LFA 24 lobster license with its 300 communal commercial lobster traps.

The NCPEI Mi'kmaq Fisheries Program was instrumental in acquiring some access to the natural-life aquatic resources for the large NCPEI community. For over two decades, the NCPEI Mi'kmaq Fisheries Program administered our communal commercial fishery for the NCPEI and advocated for a greater share of Atlantic natural-life resources for the expressed social and economic benefit of the large community of Mi'kmaq/Aboriginal People continuing throughout their traditional ancestral homelands of PEI.

As the NCPEI Mi'kmaq Fisheries Program evolved, it became evident by the NCPEI's Executive, Board of Directors, program administrators and community-at-large that improvements to the structure and function of the ACCFE were needed to fully realize the potential of the commercial fishing industry.

As the structural and functional deficiencies of the Mi'kmaq Fisheries program were identified by the NCPEI community, resolutions from the NCPEI AGA began calling for the incorporation of a dedicated Aboriginal Communal Commercial Fishing Enterprise:

"Whereas the future of the Fisheries is dependent on the organization's ability to operate in the reality of the business world. Decisions made on the basis of business facts and financial viability are key to the ability of the Native Council of PEI to benefit financially from the Fishing Industry;

Be it resolved that a separate profit making incorporated company be established to operate as Mi'Kmaq Fisheries which will be independent from the Council, however it is to operate to benefit the Council."

(Resolution 12, NCPEI AGA, 2002)

On August 29, 2007, in response to community resolutions from the NCPEI AGA and as a result of several best practices and responsive decision-making, L'nu Fisheries Limited was incorporated as the NCPEI community not-for-profit company registered under Part II of the Prince Edward Island Companies Act. L'nu, pronounced as ill-new, is a Mi'kmaq word meaning first peoples.

By incorporating the NCPEI fishing entity, the Aboriginal Communal Commercial Fishery for the Traditional Homeland Aboriginal Peoples of P.E.I will benefit from the redesigned objects and purposes of the fishery which will focus on obtaining a rightful share of Atlantic aquatic resources.

The primary object of L'nu Fisheries Limited is to promote, advance, and manage the Native Council of Prince Edward Island Aboriginal Communal Commercial Fishery for the Traditional Ancestral Homeland Mi'kmaq/Aboriginal Peoples of Prince Edward Island for the continued improvement of the social and economic condition and well being of the Traditional Ancestral Homeland Mi'kmaq/Aboriginal Peoples of Prince Edward Island organized as the Native Council of Prince Edward Island.

The renewed vision for the NCPEI ACCFE will generate greater employment opportunities for the NCPEI members interested in the commercial fishing industry. All members of the NCPEI wishing to become members of L'nu Fisheries Limited are eligible.

The governance structure of L'nu Fisheries Limited is such that the board of directors for L'nu Fisheries Limited includes the President and Chief of the Native Council of Prince Edward Island. Additionally, two members of the NCPEI have positions on the Board of Directors of L'nu Fisheries Limited. The President of L'nu Fisheries Limited is filled by the office of the NCPEI Kelewatl Commissioner. This governance structure ensures that the close linkages with the Native Council of Prince Edward Island remain.

Purposes of L'nu Fisheries

  • To protect the interests of the Traditional Ancestral Homeland Mi'kmaq/Aboriginal Peoples of Prince Edward Island as pertaining to the access and conduct of an Aboriginal communal commercial fishery;
  • To strive towards obtaining rightful access to Atlantic Aquatic Resources for the social and economic benefit of the Traditional Ancestral Homeland Mi'kmaq/Aboriginal Peoples of Prince Edward Island;
  • To promote, advance and manage the Aboriginal Communal Commercial Fishery for the social and economic improvement and well being of the Traditional Ancestral Homeland Mi'kmaq/Aboriginal Peoples of Prince Edward Island;
  • To foster predictable stakeholder relationships with governments, industry stakeholders and other relevant rights holders/stakeholders to advance the foregoing objects;
  • To hold annual and other meetings for the discussion of issues relevant to the access and conduct of an Aboriginal communal commercial fishery;
  • To employ or otherwise engage persons to assist the corporation in the fulfillment of the above mentioned objects and purposes;
  • To do such other things necessary for fulfilling the above mentioned objects and purposes;
  • To generally do and carry out all matters required by law;
     

Membership of L'nu Fisheries

  • All members in good standing with the Native Council of Prince Edward Island are eligible to be a member of L'nu Fisheries Limited.
  • Each member is entitled to one vote at a duly convened meeting for members of L'nu Fisheries Limited.
  • Where any person desires to be admitted to membership of L'nu Fisheries Limited, he must sign and deliver to L'nu Fisheries Limited an application for admission in the form as the Directors may prescribe and require
  • Every Member of L'nu Fisheries Limited shall be bound to further to the best of his ability the purposes, objectives, interests, activities and issues of L'nu Fisheries Limited and shall observe all by-laws of L'nu Fisheries Limited.

Directors

L'nu will have 7 Directors, the composition of which shall be as follows:

  • The Commissioner of the Kelewatl Commission
  • The President and Chief of the NCPEI
  • Four NCPEI Members
  • One individual who is not a member of the NCPEI but supports the goals and objectives of the Native Council of Prince Edward Island and the objectives, purposes, and activities of L'nu Fisheries Limited - This position to be appointed by the other Board Members