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Caribou Conservation in the Robson Valley

Update June 20, 2019

Government is implementing an interim moratorium on new resource development in parts of northeastern British Columbia, while providing more time to protect jobs and support workers as it engages with affected communities and industries on long-term caribou protection strategies.

1. NEWS RELEASE from the Province - Government implements interim moratorium to protect caribou

2. REPORT - The Path Forward to Recover The Caribou Plan in Northern British Columbia

3. MAP - Interim Moratorium map

Update May 29, 2019

Expression of Interest

Village of McBride - Caribou Herd Planning Committee

The Village of McBride is seeking individuals who would be interested in participating on a Caribou Herd Planning Committee. This Select Committee of Council will research and provide information and recommendations to Council that will inform the Village of McBride’s response to the Province regarding Caribou Conservation in the McBride area.  This is an appointed 6-12 month term.

If you would like to be considered for an appointment please forward a brief letter expressing your interest in confidence to:

Chief Administrative Officer – cao@mcbride.ca
Village of McBride, PO Box 519, McBride BC V0J 2E0

Please contact the Village Office at 250-256-2229 for more information.

Update May 6, 2019

1. CARIBOU HERD PLANNING: If you would like to be part of the Province's local caribou herd planning process that was outlined at the Caribou Engagement Session in McBride on April 23, please stop by the Village office and add your name to the Caribou Herd Planning Registry.

2. The Province has extended the deadline for online feedback regarding the Draft Section 11 Agreement to May 31: Click HERE.

Update April 16, 2019

Reminder to McBride and Robson Valley residents to attend the Province's Community Engagement Session in McBride on Tuesday, April 23 5:30-9:30pm at the Robson Valley Community Centre (beside the Arena). Doors open at 5:00pm. Everyone welcome!

Update April 11, 2019

A Caribou Community Engagement Session is now scheduled for Valemount.

Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Valemount Community Hall

Update April 10, 2019

Save the date:

Caribou Recovery Public Engagement Session coming to McBride

Tuesday, April 23, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m

Robson Valley Community Centre, 441 Columbia St.

See the provincial website HERE.

April 23 community meeting

Good information available on the District of Chetwynd's website HERE.

Update April 8, 2019

Letter from the North Central Local Government Association to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan:

Update April 4, 2019

Link to Provincial Response to 2018 UBCM Resolutions, in particular B116 Southern Mountain Caribou, p125 HERE.

Update April 3, 2019

New public consultation dates announced by the Province:

New Information from the province at the Provincial Caribou Recovery Engagement Portal linkhttps://engage.gov.bc.ca/caribou/section11agreement/

Draft Section 11 Agreement and Draft Partnership Agreement
The Government of B.C. is asking for your feedback on two draft caribou recovery agreements. 

You can provide feedback on both agreements from March 21 to May 3, 2019 at 4pm.B.C. and Canada have been developing a bilateral conservation agreement under Section 11 of the Species at Risk Act (referred to as the “Section 11 Agreement”). The draft Section 11 Agreement contains overarching commitments, measures and strategies for the recovery of Southern Mountain Caribou in B.C.

Draft Partnership Agreement Between B.C., Canada, West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations 
The B.C. government, the federal government, West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations have been negotiating an Inter-Governmental Partnership Agreement for the Conservation of the Central Group of the Southern Mountain Caribou (“Partnership Agreement”). The draft Partnership Agreement applies to the Central Group of Southern Mountain Caribou. This draft Partnership Agreement includes temporary protection of important caribou habitat while a long-term plan is developed through engagement with local communities, stakeholders and Indigenous peoples.

Where can I get more information and learn about the draft agreements?

The following documents provide important information to consider when providing your feedback on the draft Section 11 Agreement and the draft Partnership Agreement:

Map of draft Section 11 & Partnership Agreement Scope
Overview of  draft Section 11  Agreement
Overview of draft Partnership Agreement
Draft Section 11 & Draft Partnership Agreement FAQs
Draft Section 11 Agreement
Draft Partnership Agreement
Overview of Provincial Caribou Recovery Program
Summary Powerpoint Presentation

How can I provide feedback?
There are several ways to provide your input:

1.Share your ideas through the online feedback form available until May 3, 2019 at 4pm.

2. Print a copy of the feedback form and return it to the address below:
    Caribou Recovery Program
    PO Box 9546
    STN PROV GOVT
    Victoria, B.C. V8W 9C5

3. Attend a meeting. No RSVP is required.

Chetwynd – Monday, April 1, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at Chetwynd Recreation Centre (Curling Rink), 4552 North Access Road

Fort St. John – Tuesday, April 2, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, 11308 Alaska Road

Tumbler Ridge – Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at Trend Mountain Hotel and Conference Centre, 375 Southgate Street

Dawson Creek – Thursday, April 4, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at Encana Events Centre (COOP Mercer Hall entrance), #1 300 Highway 2

Williams Lake – Monday, April 8, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, 525 Proctor Street

Prince George – Tuesday, April 9, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Prince George Civic Centre, 800 Canada Games Way

Mackenzie – Wednesday, April 10, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Mackenzie Recreations Centre, 400 Skeena Drive

Quesnel – Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Quesnel & District Seniors’ Centre, 461 Carson Avenue

Meetings are currently being scheduled in other communities. Once dates and locations are confirmed, the schedule will be updated.

How can my contribution make a difference?

All feedback received will be compiled into a “what we heard” document that will be made publicly available and all input will help inform all parties’ decision-making regarding the finalization and signing of the agreements.

Update March 27, 2019

Peace River Caribou Meetings

Update March 21, 2019

Letter from David Muter, Executive Director, Species at Risk Recovery:

Good Afternoon,

The purpose of this email is to notify you that the Government of British Columbia is launching a caribou recovery engagement process for the draft Bilateral Conservation Agreement under Section 11 of the federal Species at Risk Act (“Section 11 Agreement”) and draft Inter-Governmental Partnership Agreement for the Conservation of the Central Group of the Southern Mountain Caribou (“Partnership Agreement”).

The Governments of British Columbia and Canada are committed to caribou recovery while seeking to meet the social and economic needs of British Columbians. To help this iconic species recover, we need an approach grounded in the best available information, including science and traditional knowledge, partnerships with leaders in caribou recovery and engagement with all stakeholders and Indigenous peoples. To this end, B.C. has been working with the federal government and the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations to develop a caribou recovery agreement focused on the Central Group of Southern Mountain Caribou.

The draft Section 11 Agreement (Overview of  draft Section 11 Agreement) contains overarching commitments, measures and strategies for the recovery of Southern Mountain Caribou (SMC) in B.C.  B.C., Canada and the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations have also been negotiating a Partnership Agreement (Overview of draft Partnership Agreement) that sets out the specific measures and actions for conservation of the three Local Population Units in the Central Group of Southern Mountain Caribou, while maintaining support for local economies and industry.

B.C., Canada and the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations are committed to full engagement with affected sectors, communities, Indigenous peoples and the public on this important issue and would like to engage all parties on these two draft agreements.   There will be opportunities for in-person, online and telephone engagement.  Please visit https://engage.gov.bc.ca/caribou/section11agreement/ for detailed information about the draft agreements, as well as maps, information bulletins and Frequently Asked Questions.  You can provide feedback via the online feedback form.

If you would like to set up a meeting with a Government representative or have a question not addressed on our website, please email caribou.recovery@gov.bc.ca and your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate person.

We look forward to hearing your feedback on these important caribou recovery initiatives.

Sincerely,

David Muter
Executive Director, Species at Risk Recovery

Update: March 21, 2019

from MLA Prince-George/Mackenzie Mike Morris:

caribou comment fb

March 19, 2019

Caribou Conservation Information Session - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Village of McBride held a Caribou Conservation Information Session on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 in order to hear from local residents, industry and recreation groups on how potential expansion of caribou closures in the Robson Valley might impact the local economy and quality of life. Mayor and Council want to ensure that decisions taken by the Provincial and Federal government regarding caribou conservation efforts in the Robson Valley are made through a collaborative and inclusive process that includes consultation with local back country user groups and municipal government.  

Information Package provided at the March 13, 2019 meeting:

 

Petition:
You will find a copy of the Petition in the Information Package above. If you would like to add your name to the Petition, please stop by the Village Office to sign.
 
Letter writing:
Mayor and Council recommend that Robson Valley residents write a letter voicing their concerns about the lack of local consultation in the caribou conservation discussions and identify potential impacts that expanded caribou closure might have on the local economy and way of life. You will find a copy of a 'form' letter below that can be modified to reflect your own experience and concerns. There is a list of Ministers to whom the letter should be mailed or emailed. Please forward a copy to the Village office at caribou@mcbride.ca.
 
Contact Addresses for Ministers:
 
Shirley Bond, MLA, Prince George - Valemount
1350 5 Ave, Prince George, BC, V2L 3L4
Phone: 250-612-4181 Fax 250-612-4188
shirley.bond.MLA@leg.bc.ca
 
Bob Zimmer, MP, Prince George- Peace River- Northern Rockies
9916 100 Ave, Fort St John, BC, V1J 1Y5
Phone: (250) 787-1192. Fax: 250-787-1195
Bob.Zimmer.C1@parl.gc.ca
 
Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
107 Catherine St, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0P4
Phone: 613-946-8682
Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca
 
Honorable Doug Donaldson, BC Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
PO Box 895, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
Phone: 250-847-8841/250-842-6338 Fax: 250 847-8846
doug.donaldson.MLA@leg.bc.ca
 
Sean Fraser, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
2A 115 Maclean Street
New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, B2H 4M5
Phone: 902-752-0226 Fax: 902-752-0284
Sean.Fraser@parl.gc.ca
 
Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
200 Kent St
Station 15N 100
Ottawa ON K1A 0E6
Phone: 604-775-6333
Jonathan.Wilkinson@parl.gc.ca
 
Honourable George Heyman, BC Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
642 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1 G1
Phone: 604-775-2453 Fax: 604-660-6821
george.heyman.MLA@leg.bc.ca
 
Honourable Scott Fraser, BC Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
3945B Johnston Rd.
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 5N4
Phone: 250-720-4515 Fax: 250-720-4511
scott.fraser.MLA@leg.bc.ca
 
 
 
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