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Recommendations and Action Items

Hunting Regulations in NE British Columbia

Posted on January 12, 2022

With the recent Yahey (Blueberry River First Nation) court decision on the cumulative impacts of resource development on Treaty rights, the Province is working with First Nations to determine how best to move forward. One response from the Province was to propose changes to moose and caribou hunting regulations in the Northeast. Council is wholly supportive of ensuring that Treaty rights are upheld and that there are healthy moose and caribou populations as part of this. However, Council felt that the decision making process did not follow the principles of the Together for Wildlife Strategy.  In a letter to Ministers Osborne and Conroy,  Council provided advice for future such processes, and an offer to support the establishment of regional wildlife advisory committees.

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Who is affected:

British Columbians

Actions & Next Steps:

Council is working with the First Nations – BC Wildlife and Habitat Forum and the Provincial Hunting and Trapping Advisory Committee to create guiding principles and direction for the establishment of regional wildlife advisory committees throughout BC, with an aim to begin establishment of committees later this year.

Council’s Recommendations to Honourable Katrine Conroy in the letter dated November 15th, 2021

Posted on January 12, 2022

Council wishes to acknowledge the major changes you are leading in British Columbia with respect to Forest and Range policy, Landscape Level Planning, and furthering reconciliation with Indigenous Nations in B.C. Congratulations! Please know that we will continue to collaborate and bring forward our knowledge and expertise to assist you and improve the emphasis on, and outcomes for, wildlife and wildlife habitat.   This letter presents recommendations requiring your immediate attention as well as some with a longer timeline. Full reports from three of our Working Groups are attached…   Learn More: MWAC Letter to Minister Conroy

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Who is affected:

Government, First Nations, Stakeholders,

Actions & Next Steps:

Minister Conroy has provided a response to the letter. Council and its Working Groups will continue to promote the recommendations in the letter, including the need for legislated wildlife objectives, regional wildlife advisory committees, dedicated funding for wildlife and habitat stewardship, and a science advisory team.

Council’s Recommendations to Honourable Katrine Conroy in the letter dated January 21, 2020

Posted on October 18, 2021

  1. We recommend that a letter be sent to your colleagues on the Environmental Land Use Committee to introduce the Together for Wildlife Strategy and Minister’s Wildlife Advisory Council. A draft letter has been prepared by Wildlife and Habitat Branch staff for your approval, with the Together for Wildlife Strategy attached, as well as a one-page summary of the Vision, Goals, and Actions. The Council members feel this letter would be an excellent first step in having your colleagues learn first-hand about the strategy and the Council, and would help open communication with other ministries as the Council’s work proceeds.
 
  1. We request that Council be involved in a comprehensive review of the Wildlife Act, as mandated in the Together for Wildlife Strategy. We recognize that short-term amendments to the Wildlife Act are currently being considered and that legislative changes will likely be foundational to reconciliation. The Council supports reconciliation, and we hope to become a model of how Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders can work together towards a better, more equitable, and sustainable society.
 
  1. We recommend direction be given to your ministry leads for the Forests and Range Practices Act and the Old Growth Strategic Review to collaborate with Council on shared priorities. We kindly request a meeting between these groups and the Council to exchange information and understand how the Together for Wildlife Strategy could support and be part of the outcomes of other priority provincial initiatives. Also, within your ministry, Council supports the ongoing work between staff and industry to implement positive policy changes regarding forestry roads rehabilitation.

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Who is affected:

Government, Stakeholder, First Nations

Actions & Next Steps:

The Together for Wildlife Strategy and Minister’s Wildlife Advisory Council info are shared with ELUC, staff are directed to work closely with the council as work proceeds on a comprehensive review of the Wildlife Act and the Council's interest in collaborating with ministry leads for the Forest and Range Practices Act and the Old Growth Strategic Review on shared priorities is supported. The Council has received information on these two initiatives.

Implementation: 2021/22 High level budget discussion

Posted on June 28, 2021

The Province presented information on high level budget and allocations for FY 2021-22.  Council provided the following feedback:

  • Request for additional detail for each of the funding categories.
  • Acknowledge other sources of funding (core budgets, COVID stimulus funds, other ministries) for wildlife work and reconciliation.
  • Increase the level of partnership approach and best mechanisms to ensure access to funding for First Nations.
  • Ideas and questions were presented related to setting aside a percentage of funds for acquisition, funding for data management, predator management, reconciliation, funding for Forum.
  • Council to consider performance measures to clearly set out the efficacy of the Together for Wildlife funding.

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Who is affected:

British Columbians

Actions & Next Steps:

The Province to report on regional priorities and additional detail on budget breakdown including baseline budget for various categories at the next meeting.

Implementation of Together for Wildlife : Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) Partnership

Posted on May 11, 2021

Council endorsed partnership with HCTF for 2021/22 to broaden funding disbursement to a wide range of wildlife and habitat projects. Council would like to engage with HCTF to provide recommendation on more inclusive allocation approaches.

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Who is affected:

British Columbians

Actions & Next Steps:

Council or Funding Working Group to meet with HCTF to discuss allocation process and Council priorities.