Keynote address by The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, P.C., M.P., Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, to the G7 Ministerial Meeting: Working together on climate change, oceans and clean energy.
This is the third National Indigenous Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum, and also the biggest. That shows a growing interest in your future fisheries. Which, I would add, have strong roots in the past. Your ancestors were superb at fishing – on the thousands of rivers, on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and amidst the northern ice.
Thank you, Ruth, for that kind introduction and warm welcome.
I am delighted to be joining you today and to have this opportunity to talk about our government's commitment to growing an aquaculture sector that is economically prosperous, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible.
Welcome everyone. Thank you all for joining me.
Every year, on June 8th people around the globe take time to celebrate World Oceans Day. It's also an opportunity to learn about the challenges facing our oceans and raise awareness about what people can do to help protect our most precious natural resource.
Members of the Goddard family, Commissioner Jody Thomas, Assistant Commissioner Roger Girouard, Chief Jacks, Tseycum First Nation, Fishery Officers, CCG Officials, RCMP, and Members of the Canadian Forces. Welcome everyone.
Thank you Randy. Good morning everyone.
It's a pleasure to be back in beautiful British Columbia. I want to begin by thanking my colleagues Randy Kamp, who has been my Parliamentary Secretary the entire time I have been Minister, and Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows - Maple Ridge - Mission, as well as John Weston, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver, Sunshine Coast and Sea-Sky Country.