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NEW in May 2018! The First Nations Fisheries Council launched a new report entitled Protecting Water Our Way: First Nations Freshwater Governance in British Columbia. Featuring a selection of five case stories that pull out key elements of First Nations-led water planning and governance in British Columbia, this report is aimed at increasing the capacity, knowledge and understanding of First Nations staff and leadership.

The First Nations Fisheries Council, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources, and the POLIS Water Sustainability Project co-hosted the first BC First Nations Water Governance Roundtable in Smithers (Wet’suwet’en territories) on June 28th and 29th, 2017. The summary report provides a record of the presentations and discussions.

Between 2015 and 2016, the First Nations Fisheries Council partnered with the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) on a research initiative that explores indigenous-led freshwater planning and governance initiatives in British Columbia. Read the research report and communique.

First Nations Engagement and Consultation

The Province of British Columbia is legally obliged to consult and, at times, accommodate First Nations on land and resource decisions that could impact their Aboriginal Interests.

NEW on May 22, 2018! The Province released Draft Principles that Guide the Province of British Columbia’s Relationships with Indigenous Peoples. These Principles are intended to complement the Province’s commitment to implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

The Province has developed guidance manuals for both government officials and proponents to consult First Nations.

Strategic Engagement Agreements (SEAs) are intended to set out mutually agreed on steps between the Province of BC and First Nations to engage and consult.

Reconciliation Agreements establish a framework for shared decision-making for lands and resources.

Water and Watershed Governance

NEW in May 2018! The First Nations Fisheries Council launched a new report entitled Protecting Water Our Way: First Nations Freshwater Governance in British Columbia. Featuring a selection of five case stories that pull out key elements of First Nations-led water planning and governance in British Columbia, this report is aimed at increasing the capacity, knowledge and understanding of First Nations staff and leadership.

FNFC partnered with the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) on a research initiative that explores indigenous-led freshwater planning and governance initiatives in British Columbia. Check out the research report and communique.

 

The POLIS Water Sustainability Project (POLIS) is run out of the University of Victoria and has developed a number of policy papers, case studies and reports reviewing and evaluating conditions necessary for achieving a sustainable water framework:

This 2014  report by POLIS focuses on current water governance issues in BC and offers alternative approaches for BC to transform its current approach to decision-making. This 2016 report provides insights and opportunities for watershed co-governance in BC.

This webinar was hosted by POLIS and FNFC in 2014 and discusses the need for and importance of Aboriginal co-governance of water and watersheds and features former FNFC Water for Fish Project Manager Nadia Joe!

The Program on Water Governance (PoWG) is based out of the University of British Columbia and conducts inter-disciplinary research on water sustainability and governance.

Watershed Planning and Management

The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) has produced a series of First Nations Integrated Watershed Planning guidebooks to support Aboriginal communities develop plans to protect their lands and waters.

Fraser Basin Council (FBC) has developed a number of resources, guides and toolkits to support communities advance watershed planning and management.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has developed a comprehensive (and freely available) handbook to develop watershed plans.