Again, the spirit of this is something that was brought up numerous times in our discussions with indigenous communities, about having them as eyes and ears on the water. The glitch is that under the Fisheries Act, the term “guardian” is actually a subset of enforcement, and it doesn't actually have the same enforcement power; whereas under the Oceans Act, it can be designated with the full enforcement power. It exists and it's there. It's just a matter of invoking it at the appropriate time.
On December 7th, 2017. See this statement in context.