Funding coming for Indigenous Coast Guard auxiliary

“The federal government plans to establish Indigenous Canadian Coast Guard auxiliary units to expand its marine emergency response, according to a senior fisheries official.

‘Our plan as it stands at the moment is to build an Indigenous component to the auxiliary,’ Jeffery Hutchinson, the deputy commissioner of strategy and shipbuilding with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, said Thursday.

Hutchinson said Indigenous auxiliary units will receive the same funding and training as Coast Guard members to handle search and rescue as well as environmental incidents on the water.”