Seal Industry Stakeholders Meeting Follow-up

Seal Industry Stakeholders Meeting Follow-up

Ottawa, Ontario

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Attended by: Erin Murphy, Seals and Sealing Network (SSN) Marketing Coordinator

On Tuesday, March 27th, 2018, a meeting on Canadian Seal Products Industry Access and Advocacy Strategy was held to discuss the findings of three key reports commissioned by the Fur Institute of Canada. The objectives of the meeting included a discussion of the industry reports commissioned on branding, traceability, and industry market access and advocacy. The reports were presented and discussed for further clarification, followed by discussions pertaining to industry leadership and advocacy, and the implementation of the strategies outlined in the reports.

The meeting was attended by approximately thirty participants including industry producers, manufacturers, and exporters and members of federal and provincial/territorial governments. Global affairs, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Fur Institute’s Sealing Committee (also known as the Seals and Sealing Network) were among those represented. Members of Parliament joined the discussion throughout the day representing their respective constituents. They included: Gudie Hutchings (Liberal) representing her constituency in Long Range Mountains, Newfoundland, Hunter Tootoo (Independent) representing his constituency in Nunavut, and Yvonne Jones (Liberal) representing Newfoundland and Labrador.

Highlights of the meeting were shared via the Seals and Sealing Network (@sealingnetwork) social media platform (Twitter). The Seals and Sealing Network was contacted afterwards for an interview concerning the issues discussed at the meeting. Corenna Nuyalia (Government of Nunavut) was interviewed by CBC Nunavut. This interview will be available in the days to come.

On behalf of the Fur Institute of Canada and the Seals and Sealing Network, we would like to extend our warmest thanks to those who attended and participated in the lively discussion surrounding the challenges and next steps for the sealing industry.

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