Dec. 6, 2012

Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat (APCFNC) have been busy on a number of fronts on fishery issues that include coordinating, advocating, and being available to communities that need advice and or assistance when asked by any First Nation community that are members of the APCFNC.

Last September, Rick Simon became APC’s new Director of Fisheries. He has taken the lead on a wide range of issues for APC, from industry meetings, First Nation Coordinator training initiatives, and meeting with fishery directors and AAROMs (Aboriginal Aquatic Resource Oceans Management) throughout the Atlantic and Quebec.

Mr. Simon is no stranger to the communities in the Atlantic and beyond. For the past 17 years, he was Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations for the Nova Scotia-Newfoundland region. Prior to that, he was a policy analyst with the APCFNC when it first was founded back in 1992. He has also worked for over ten years with the now defunct Micmac News. And previously, Rick was with the Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq for five years, during which time he was instrumental in starting the Mi’kmaq-Maliseet Nations News and was the newspapers founding editor over 20 years ago.

Many of the issues that exist today with the First Nation communities are not new to Mr. Simon or the staff at APC. During his period as the Regional Chief he held the national fishery file on a number of occasions. He also worked as the A ...

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