Following the announcement of the federal government’s financial aid programs for fish harvesters, MKO is encouraging fishers in its region to apply for them.
The Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant began taking applications this week.
People who are eligible for the benefit and the grant are self-employed commercial or freshwater fishers, Indigenous harvesters who are designated by their community under a communal commercial fishing license, and sharespersons crew.
Grand Chief Garrison Settee says he hopes that the two programs will help fishers in MKO territory make it through the pandemic with at least some form of financial support.
Applications for the programs are available on the Government of Canada website, and Settee encourages fishers to call Service Canada at 1-833-674-8283 if they need help applying for the programs.