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Hunting Regulations in NE British Columbia

Who is affected: British Columbians

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.

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.

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