First Nations Fisheries

A United Voice for First Nations Fisheries

In June 2015, MOE announced that it intends to create a world class spill response regime to address a wide range of potential land and marine based spills. MOE is seeking to engage First Nations in the design, planning, development and implementation of this new regime. In February 2016, MOE announced proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act (EMA), which, if passed, will provide the legal foundation to establish the new spill regime. The proposed regime will aim to ensure that effective preparedness, response and recovery measures are in place for hazardous substance spills. This is a 3-year process (first announced in 2015) with the expected regulations and legislation to come into effect in 2017.

For more information please see MOE’s intention paper (IP3): Spill Response in BC: Proposed Amendments to the Environmental Management Act and Proposed Regulations [view or download PDF]

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First Nations Technical Committee Meeting – January 2017

The First Nations Technical Committee for BC Spill Response met on January 26, 2017 to review the following information. Please click the links below to view or download the agenda, meeting notes and documents in PDF format.

Spill Contingency Plan Technical Working Group Report (Oct 2016) – [view or download PDF]

Response Times Technical Working Group Report (Oct 2016) – [view or download PDF]

Regulated Person Technical Working Group Report (Oct 2016) – [view or download PDF]

Policy Update – Environmental Management Act, 2016 – [view or download PDF]

FN Tech Committee Agenda – Jan 26 2017 – [view or download PDF]

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BC First Nations Engagement Workshops

The FNFC, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment (MOE), facilitated six regional workshops in May 2016 to discuss with First Nations the details of how to develop a world class land and marine spill response regime. At these regional workshops, First Nations were invited to share opinions, experiences and feedback on the new proposed legislation, and to discuss how best to design regulations that meet the needs of all those potentially impacted by a spill, including First Nations, environmental organizations, oil and chemical producers and transporters, government agencies, and others.

Summary Report from the Engagement Sessions [View or download PDF]

View invitation letter to BC First Nations [view or download PDF]

View Agenda for First Nations workshops [view or download PDF]

Background/Intro Presentation [view or download PDF]

MOE First Nations Engagement Presentation [View or download in PDF]

Regional Workshop Travel Claim – BC Government

Travel Allowance Guidelines – BC Government

For more information about the engagement process, the proposed legislative amendments to the Environmental Management Act and the Spill Response Regime Project, please visit www.gov.bc.ca/spillresponse or engage.gov.bc.ca.

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Ministry of Environment Workshop – April 20-21, 2016

Prior to the  regional sessions, MOE hosted an initial engagement workshop on April 20 and 21, 2016 in Vancouver. Registration and info requests regarding this workshop were coordinated via Sara Bacic at Sara.Bacic@gov.bc.ca

View the agenda for MOE’s workshop [view or download PDF]

MOE Presentations:

For more information about the FNFC’s role in the provincial spill response initiative, please contact Richard Sparrow at richard@fnfisheriescouncil.ca