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:
Please contact the Village Office at 250-569-2229 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.
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 Information from the province at the Provincial Caribou Recovery Engagement Portal link: https://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
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
Update March 21, 2019
Letter from David Muter, Executive Director, Species at Risk Recovery:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and your inquiry will be directed to the appropriate person.
We look forward to hearing your feedback on these important caribou recovery initiatives.
Update: March 21, 2019
from MLA Prince-George/Mackenzie Mike Morris:
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: