About the AAROM Hub


The AAROM Hub is a platform to promote and showcase the independent Indigenous organizations’ skills and expertise, throughout Canada, who are recipients of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)’s Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management (AAROM) program. The AAROM program supports core staff and administrative services that provide Indigenous organizations a foundation to build technical capacity in aquatic resource and oceans management. It has enabled Indigenous organizations to leverage funds from other sources (e.g. other Government programs, not-for-profits, industry, charitable donations) to build technical capacity and partnerships. In many cases, these AAROM departments (see description below) are the “go-to” organization for their member communities to provide technical and advisory services regarding aquatic resource and oceans management.

AAROM departments

The term “AAROM department” was developed to describe these independent Indigenous organizations as a short hand to promote and market the larger network and the organizational skills and expertise they provide both to their member communities as well as other partners. However, it is important to note that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach and that each AAROM department has their own unique brand and provides different services and expertise based on the needs and desire of their member communities. Many of these organizations also pre-existed the AAROM program and have used it to further expand their services and expertise in aquatic resource and oceans management. For example, some AAROM departments are part of a Tribal Council or Chiefs organization, whereas others are stand-along organizations.

To learn more about the unique skills and services each AAROM department please see their individual page on our AAROM department Profiles page

Types of AAROM departments

There are three different types of AAROM departments, which are classified based on the various types of activities undertaken by their organization. Each type of AAROM department strengthens the overall AAROM network by providing unique perspectives, services and expertise. For a list and description of the different types of AAROM departments, see the table below. It is worth noting that the activities of some AAROM departments may overlap more than one category.


Technical collective groups with biologists, field technicians and other expertise who regularly engage in stock assessments, research projects, and other studies to gain specific data and knowledge for their member communities. Many also run youth education and outreach programs to help build capacity in their member communities to pursue careers in environmental science and management.

Technical Advisory

Targeted capacity to coordinate technical work conducted by community members and/or facilitate the exchange of fisheries and resource management information through specific Tier 1 and Tier 2 forums* (Pacific region only and in some cases some crossover with watershed activities).


Provide large-scale coordination and technical function at a national and/or regional level to enable broad achievements and promote the exchange of information and best practices between AAROM departments.

*In British Columbia, there are three tiers or levels of engagement, which classified as:

  • Tier 1 forum between First Nations
  • Tier 2 forum between First Nations and Government
  • Tier 3 is between First nations, Government, and other interests.

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