Welcome to the Skeena Fisheries Commission

The Skeena Fisheries Commission (SFC) is the Skeena Watershed aboriginal organization that focuses on fisheries management, science, and conservation. The SFC signatories are the First Nations with traditional territory in the Skeena drainage and the adjacent north coast of British Columbia. This includes the Tsimshian, Gitxsan, Gitanyow, Wet’suwet’en, and Lake Babine Nations. The Commission, as directed by signatory First Nations, responds to management and access priorities relating to the broad aboriginal interest in the fisheries resource.

The Commission is mandated to find meaningful ways to exercise and gain the recognition of inherent aboriginal rights as they preserve access to constitutionally protected food social and ceremonial fisheries and expand access to commercial fishing opportunities on the coast and inland. The Commission presents a unified approach to resource management while recognizing that each First Nation in the SFC maintains its own bilateral relationship with the governments of Canada and British Columbia.

Geographic Scope

The Skeena Watershed is the second largest in British Columbia at 54,432 km2. The mouth is located at approximately 54° N, close to Prince Rupert and just south of the Alaska panhandle. The Skeena Fisheries Commission management area also includes the adjacent north coast from Portland Inlet south to Milbanke Sound