Sunday, April 22, 2018

Grants to stop violence, promote Indigenous healing

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

Women escaping violence, Indigenous families healing from intergenerational trauma, and youth needing mentorship to resist gang involvement will benefit from nearly $6.5 million in grants supporting government’s crime prevention priorities.

In all, more than 170 local programs and projects – led by community organizations, school districts, police agencies and others – will receive a one-time grant from civil and criminal forfeiture proceeds.

“Sharing proceeds of crime back with communities, to prevent crime and victimization and help victims to become survivors, is one more way we’re enhancing the services that people count on,” said Mike Farnworth, BC's Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, at an announcement coinciding with Prevention of Violence Against Women Week in British Columbia. “Many of this year’s grant recipients are working with some of our most vulnerable citizens, helping to rebuild and heal after years and, in some cases, lifetimes of violence.”

Farnworth announced the grants today at DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. DIVERSEcity is receiving nearly $30,000 to enhance domestic violence supports provided to women through transition houses and second-stage recovery houses in Surrey. Another grant of $75,000 will further their Women’s Crime Reduction Program, which targets the intersection of crime reduction and mental health for women from multicultural, Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds, who have been in conflict with the law.

“As our name implies, our organization promotes a safer, more inclusive Surrey,” said Neelam Sahota, CEO of DIVERSEcity. “We envision a community where everyone feels they belong and can achieve their goals.

“These grants will further this important work, helping to empower women who have experienced domestic violence to seek supports they need to maximize their safety and live without violence,” added Sahota. “The grants will also facilitate change and growth for women who experience conflict with the law, to help create better outcomes for children and families.”

Community programs and services that address violence against women, including domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and sexual exploitation, are receiving more than $1.7 million in all. In addition, more than $1.4 million will go to address Indigenous healing and rebuilding. The remaining grants will help fund community initiatives that further crime reduction and community safety, child and youth advocacy centres, restorative justice, and police training and special equipment.

“For many British Columbians, including women and children, violence is a reality in their lives – but it doesn’t have to be that way,” said Mitzi Dean, Parliamentary Secretary for Gender Equity. “Our government is proud to partner with community groups and front-line workers to address violence, support survivors and bring positive change to our communities.”

This year’s provincial grant recipients include:

Sexual Assault Prevention Education, Lake Trail Middle school and Cumberland Community school (Nanaimo, $18,000): To educate grades 8 and 9 students about healthy sexual relationships with the ultimate goal of preventing sexual assaults.

Peer Support, Canadian Mental Health Association (Prince George, $75,000): To help groups of up to 15 inmates with one year or less remaining on their sentence to develop coping skills, find suitable and safe housing, and develop strategies to deal with mental-health and addiction issues.

Vernon Women’s Transition House Society (Vernon, $50,000): To support the Oak Child and Youth Advocacy Centre Project, ensuring it can sustain and expand its capacity.

Cowichan Tribes, Community Safety Building on Healthy Relationships (Duncan, $30,000): To deliver a curriculum focused on anger, empathy and respect to Indigenous families and individuals dealing with intergenerational trauma, toward healing and rebuilding.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver, Counter Exploitation Unit (Vancouver, $25,000): To fund a victim service worker who will support victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation as they navigate the justice system.

The Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) continues to undermine the profit motive behind criminal activity, by taking away tools and proceeds of crime and putting them back into programs that support community crime prevention and safety. Since 2006, the CFO has provided more than $33.5 million to help organizations throughout B.C. to further their crime prevention efforts, including $2 million in victims’ compensation. This year, more than $5 million is coming from the CFO and more than $1 million from the Criminal Asset Management Fund.

Crime Prevention Grants coming to the Cariboo-Chilcotin:

* $75,000 to Tl'etinqox Government (Alexis Creek) for Tl'etinqox Justice Program: Intervention and Case Management Services: This project will provide targeted interventions to Aboriginal youth who are at-risk of involvement in crime, or currently involved in the Youth Justice System, and case management to adults currently involved in the Criminal Justice System.

* $46,683 to Boys/Girls Club of Williams Lake for Future Forward: This project will target high risk Aboriginal youth who have had conflict with the justice system or are disengaged from school through addressing the criminogenic needs of participants through personalized mental health supports, training, skill building, cultural development and work experiences.

* $74,888 to The Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of British Columbia in Williams Lake for Out of Court Community Support Services Initiative: This initiative will provide wrap-around services to 20 Indigenous community members bound to comply with a probation order that has general and specific conditions, and engage with Justice professionals and community stakeholders to enhance coordination between sectors for the client.

* $24,992 to Boys/Girls Club of Williams Lake for It Matters: This project will provide services and reduce vulnerability of youth to human trafficking and sexual exploitation in schools, on reserve, and at the clubhouse through weekly school sessions, on-reserve sessions, and weekly It Matters dinners

* $30,000 to Tl'etinqox Government (Alexis Creek) for Learning on the Land Program: This project will create a community-owned Intergenerational Learning Plan to transmit culture and traditions from generation to generation and provide a nine-week program for 10-15 youth and six Elders to connect with each other and the land to revitalize Tsilhqot-in culture and traditions.

* $30,000 to Lh'tako Dene Nation (Quesnel) for Calling Back Our Spirit: This project will provide a series of five day workshops for members of the Lhtako Dene Band and surrounding Bands, with a focus on recovery, healing, and empowerment coaching.

* $30,000 to Lhoosk'uz Dene Nation (Quesnel) for Indigenous Healing and Rebuilding Cultural Camps: This project will provide Family and Youth Culture Camps to help participants connect with the land, rebuild their knowledge of lost culture, and heal from trauma, grief, loss, crime, or victimization.

* $22,618 to Carrier Chilcotin Tribal Council (Williams Lake) for Keyoh What'en, Dakelh Keyoh Hubughunek 'Ulhtus (Grease Trail Ride): This project will provide a five-day horse ride through the traditional Grease Trail for approximately 20 Indigenous youth/young adults, eight Elders/Knowledge Keepers, and two mental health support workers. They will arrive to a large Nation Gathering for an additional three days, with attendance expected at approximately 300 people, where youth will have the opportunity to share their stories and experiences with their families and community members.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

New NDIT Chair/Vice-Chair/Finance Committee Chair

Courtesy of the Northern Development Initiative Trust:

Editor's Note -- congrats to my CRD Colleague/Chair, Margo Wagner, for her acclaimed positions on the NDIT Board.  She has used her knowledge on the NDIT Board to help the Cariboo Regional District Board understand the NDIT Processes/Procedures and I'm confident she will continue to do so... 

Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) announces the election of new officers to its board of directors, voted in at the annual general meeting.

New NDIT Board Chair

Gerry Thiessen was elected by the board as the new chair and is currently serving his third term as mayor of the District of Vanderhoof. Incoming chair Thiessen has been a member of Northern Development’s board for six years and the chair of the Prince George Regional Advisory Committee for three years. He also serves as vice-chair of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako and is the past chair of the UNBC Northern Medical Programs Trust. Thiessen has always been very active having held many leadership positions in the community including sports groups, the 4-H Club, his Church, Rotary and the Cattlemen’s Association. In 1995, he served as president of the Cariboo Real Estate Association, in 1998 as president of the BC Real Estate Association and in 2005 as president of Canada’s largest single trade association, the Canadian Real Estate Association. He is also a founding director of the Washington D.C. based International Housing Coalition. A devoted family man, celebrating 45 years with his wife Leslie, most of their children and all thirteen of their grandchildren live close to the family home. After nearly ten years and countless volunteer hours as chair or officer of Northern Development’s board, Evan Saugstad stepped down from the position, but remains on the board as a provincially appointed member. Saugstad was appointed to the Trust’s board in 2008 and was a founding member of the Trust’s Northeast Regional Advisory Committee in 2004.

New NDIT Vice-Chair 

Thomas Hoffman was elected by the board as the new vice-chair and has been a provincially appointed member of Northern Development’s board for five years. Hoffman is the manager, external and stakeholder relations for Tolko Industries Limited, having been with the company 20 years. As an active member of his community, Hoffman serves as a member of the board for Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin, president of the Columneetza Parent Advisory Committee, and member of the Williams Lake Rotary Club. In the past, he has served as a school trustee for the Fort Vermilion School Division, deputy mayor and town councillor for the Town of High Level, chair of the Mackenzie Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and more. Hoffman holds his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the University of Alberta and is a licensed private pilot. After six years as vice-chair of Northern Development’s board, Gerald Wesley stepped down from the position, but remains on the board as a provincially appointed member. Wesley was appointed to the Trust’s board in 2010.

New NDIT Finance Committee Chair

Wendy Benyk was elected by the board as the new finance committee chair and has been a provincially appointed member of Northern Development’s board for four years. Benyk is the chief executive officer of Lakes District Maintenance Ltd., a highway road and bridge maintenance company. Previously, Benyk was a senior audit manager at KPMG and BDO Dunwoody. Active in her community, she is also director of ICA BC Benevolent Fund and vice president of Burns Lake and District Community Foundation. Benyk was previously vice president of BC Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association and president of Canadian Parents for French. She holds her bachelor’s in science from Brandon University and her Chartered Accountant certification from the Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants. After six years as chair of Northern Development’s finance committee, Danny Schilds stepped down from the position, but remains on the board as a provincially appointed member. Schilds was appointed to the Trust’s board in 2011.

Additionally, Prince George mayor Lyn Hall and North Coast Regional District director Michael Racz were acclaimed as members of the board’s finance committee, and Cariboo Regional District chair Margo Wagner was acclaimed as a member of the executive committee.

Gerry Thiessen, incoming chair, Northern Development Initiative Trust said:

I would like to thank Northern Development’s board of directors for entrusting me with this incredible opportunity. The Trust has made such impact over the past 13 years and I look forward to working with the board as we make decisions to help strengthen the North. I would like to thank Evan Saugstad for his great leadership throughout his term as board chair.

While Joel McKay, CEO, Northern Development Initiative Trust went on to say:

Congratulations to Mayor Thiessen on his election as Chair of the Trust’s Board of Directors. His passion for the Trust and service ethic will be a boon to our organization as we continue to find ways to generate value for communities throughout Northern B.C. I would also like to thank former Chair Evan Saugstad for his years of dedication to the Trust – we are better because of him.

Also - the NDIT's 2017 Annual Report was recently released - click here

2018 NCLGA Resolutions available

This past Wednesday - the North Central Local Government Association or NCLGA published the 2018 Resolutions (Motions) to be considered at its' 2018 AGM/Convention being held in Fort Nelson BC from May 7-10.  There are a total of 44 Resolutions which covers topics put forward by the NCLGA Executive (5), 34 NCLGA Regular Member Resolutions and 5 Late NCLGA Member Resolutions covering topics like MLA Attendance at Area Association Conventions (NCLGA, SILGA, AKBLG, AVICC and LMLGA), Wildfire-related matters, Transportation, Local Government Finance issues and Internet/Cell Phone Connectivity

Local Governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin have put forward 7 NCLGA Resolutions.  City of Quesnel has put forward 4 (Wildfire related issues, Grant Funding, Wildfire Crime, and Professional Reliance) City of Williams Lake has put forward 1 (Wildfire Mitigation Practices) and the Cariboo Regional District has put forward 2 (Amendments to Rural Dividend Fund Process and RD By-Elections not required in year of General Local Election,

Read the full 2018 NCLGA Resolutions Book here

~SF

Friday, April 20, 2018

Local Gov't Mtgs - Wk of April 23-27

The following local governments of the Cariboo-Chilcotin are meeting next week, as follows:

Wells - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 24th at 7pm in Wells Council Chambers (4243 Sanders Avenue).  On the Agenda:

* Public Consultation on the Five Year Financial Plan (2018-2022) Bylaw 163, 2018 and 3rd Reading of Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 163, 2018.
* Proposed Gateway Park Concession Agreement Renewal
* Health Bus Transit Renewal with the City of Quesnel
* Staff Reports for Information
* Fees and Charges Bylaws No. 159, 160, and 161, 2018 -- For Adoption
* Zoning and Tree Protection Bylaw No. 26, 2000 Amending Bylaw No. 158, 2018 -- For Adoption
* 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings of District of Wells Tax Rates Bylaw No. 165, 2018

View the full Agenda here

Quesnel - Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 24th at 7pm in Quesnel Council Chambers (4th Floor, 410 Kinchant Street).  On the Agenda:

* WeeMedical Wellness Center Business License Cancellation - Reconsideration of decision by City of Quesnel Director of Development Services by Quesnel City Council
* Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development (Second Proposal)
* BC Transit Annual Operating Agreement - 2018/19
* 2018 Tax Rates Bylaw - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Readings
* Community Partnership Agreement - Mountain Bike Destination/Tourism for Quesnel
* Tree Removals (City-wide Capital Projects)
* Special Circumstances Request – Fur and Feather Building (Alex Fraser Park)
* Bylaw of the Month Program - Building Permits

View the full Agenda here

Williams Lake - Regular Council Meeting at 6pm in WL Council Chambers (450 Mart Street).  On the Agenda:

* Presentation of Volunteer Certificates from Diabetes Canada to Verna Fisher, Warren Williams and Sue Roorda
* Red Cross Community Partnership Application for Wildfire Recovery Community Event -- Ratify Email Poll
* Travel to 63rd Annual North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) 2018 AGM & Convention -- Fort Nelson, BC from May 7-10
* Pavement Rehabilitation 2018 Contract Award
* Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification

View the full Agenda here

100 Mile House - Regular Council Meeting at 7pm in 100 Mile House Council Chambers (385 Birch Avenue).  When available, the Meeting Agenda can be viewed here

Cariboo Regional District - Meetings as noted below:

Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus - Meeting on Wednesday, April 25th at 3pm in the CRD Williams Lake Committee Room (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Election of Central Cariboo Rural Directors' Caucus Chair for remainder of 2018
* Delegation: Update from Interior Roads
* Deferred Item - Letter from MOTI regarding Campbell Road (Area D) and Pigeon Road (Area F)
* Letter to CRD Area "D" Director S. Forseth re: Contribution from Area D Ec Dev Service to Cariboo Direct Farmers' Market Association
* Funding Request from the Williams Lake and District Chamber of Commerce - Visitor Maps

View the full Agenda here

Central Cariboo Joint Committee - Meeting on Wednesday, April 25th at 5:30pm in the CRD Boardroom (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake).  On the Agenda:

* Delegation #1 - Enbridge re: Proposed Projects in Central Cariboo
* Delegation #2 - : Mt Timothy Ski Society - Request for Taxation Funding/October 2018 Referendum

* Discussion Item #1 - Central Cariboo Arts/Culture Grants (CCACS Support Grants)
* Discussion Item #2 - WL Cross Country Ski Club - Bull Mountain Ski Trails

View the full Agenda here

Also - Information Fairs being held at Nazko Valley Community Centre (9560 Nazko Rd) - details here on Tuesday, April 24th from 5:30pm to 7pm and Lone Butte Community Hall (5994 Highway 24) on Thursday, April 26th from 5:30pm to 7pm - details here

28th WL Indoor Rodeo starts today to Sunday

The 28th edition of the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo starts today and concludes Sunday

More details here

~SF

Cariboo Fire Centre urges caution with outdoor burning

Courtesy of the BC Wildfire Service:

The Cariboo Fire Centre is encouraging the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning activities, due to predicted windy conditions in the region that could bring gusts up to 40 kilometres per hour to some areas on Saturday.

The public is also reminded that Category 3 open fires will be prohibited within the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction effective at noon on Monday, April 23, 2018. This prohibition does not apply to campfires or Category 2 fires. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

Category 3 open burns include:

any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide.
three or more concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide.
one or more burning windrows.
burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares.

Anyone wishing to conduct a Category 3 open burn before noon on Monday must obtain a registration number ahead of time by calling 1 888 797-1717.

Always check the venting conditions before conducting an open burn. If venting conditions are rated “Poor” or “Fair”, open burning is restricted. The venting index can be found online: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting/venting.html

People planning to light an open fire are encouraged to visit the BC Wildfire Service website and consult the B.C. FireSmart Homeowner’s Manual online: http://gov.bc.ca/firesmart

Anyone planning to light an open fire must take the following precautions:

Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.
Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly, and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.
Create a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.
If you are planning a large burn, consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter beforehand to create a fuel break to help stop the fire from spreading beyond its intended size. Each of these fires should be kept small, and must be completely extinguished before starting a new fire.
Never leave a fire unattended.
Make sure that your fire is completely extinguished, and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.
If an open burn escapes and causes a wildfire, the person responsible may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs. It is the responsibility of that individual to ensure that burning is done in a safe manner and in accordance with regulations and any current burning restrictions.

The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake near Clinton in the south to the Cottonwood River near Quesnel in the north, and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, please call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, call 1 888 3-FOREST, or visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

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6 months to 2018 Local Gov't Elections

Today marks the 6 month point before the electors (voters') in Wells, Quesnel, Williams Lake, 100 Mile House and in Electoral Areas 'A' to 'L' of the Cariboo Regional District proceed to voting booths, on Saturday October 20th, 2018 (2018 Local Elections - General Voting Day) to elect new Mayors, Councillors, Electoral Area Directors' and School Trustees in School Districts #28 (Quesnel) and #27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) for the 2018-2022 local government term of office

At this stage - the following incumbent local elected officials have confirmed their 2018 Election plans with local media, as follows:

School Districts #27/28 (Cariboo-Chilcotin/Quesnel) - no public announcements to date

Wells - No public announcements to date

Quesnel - Mayor Bob Simpson to seek a 2nd term.  Quesnel City Councillors Brisco, Roodenburg, Thapar, Paull, Elliott and Coleman have made no public announcements to date

Williams Lake - Mayor Walt Cobb to seek re-election a 2nd term as will 1st term City Councillor Craig Smith.  3rd term City Councillor Sue Zacharias will not seek re-election while Councillors Nelson, Ryll, Walters and Bonnell have not made public announcements to date

100 Mile House - Mayor Mitch Campsall to seek a 4th term in October.  No public announcements from Councillors Fossum, Hadden, Henderson and Mingo

Cariboo Regional District (CRD) - Directors John Massier, Al Richmond, Margo Wagner, Betty Anderson and Brian Coakley to seek re-election in their respective Electoral Areas (CRD Areas C, G, H, K and L)

Meanwhile, Directors Ted Armstrong, Jerry Bruce, Joan Sorley (CRD Areas A, B, F) have confirmed that they will not seek re-election while Directors Dylan Cash and Roger William have made no public announcements to date (CRD Areas I and J).  Newly elected Cariboo Regional District Area 'E' Director Angie Delainey has said to local media that it is highly likely (90%) that she will run in the local government elections this October, but did not specify which Cariboo-Chilcotin local government she would seek public office for

For myself in CRD Electoral Area D, I have made a decision relative to the 2018 General Local Election and have already informed my "Area D Family" of my decision and will announce publicly, closer to September 2018 what my election plans are.  When I ran in 2014 - I didn't announce until July of 2014, a mere 4 months before the 2014 General Local Election/General Voting Day and I don't see any urgency to announce my 2018 election plans right now, at this stage

With the 2018 Local General Election rapidly coming up in September, hopefully people are weighing their options now as September will come quickly and committing to a 4 year term in local government should be no easy decision... both for incumbents and challengers.  Those seeking re-election and those seeking election for the 1st time should review information from Elections BC before submitting a nomination package in September 2018 as they (Elections BC) ensure candidates (incumbents/challengers) comply with provincial law around campaign spending limits, expenses.  For those details, click here

Upcoming 2018 Local Government Election key dates:

August 5th - 1st of 2 notices of upcoming Nomination Period for 2018 Local Government Election Period

August 28th 2nd of 2 notices of upcoming Nomination Period for 2018 Local Government Election Period

Note - Between Aug 5th-Sept 4th, 2018 -- Chief Election Officers' from the various Local Governments/Boards' of Education to announce that nomination packages are available for pickup by prospective candidates (incumbents/challengers) but individuals won't be able to file formally with the Chief Election Officer of the Local Government/Board of Education that they are interested in seeking office with until the formal Nomination Period of Sept 4-14, 2018 commences

September 4th - 14th - Nomination Period for 2018 Local Elections for the Offices of School Trustee, Electoral Area Director, City Councillor and Mayor.  Unofficial declaration of candidates to occur after 4pm on Friday, September 14th

Monday, September 24th - Official Declaration of Candidates - either Elected by Acclamation for the 2018-22 term of local government or declaration of election by voting necessary for the various Offices of Electoral Area Director, School Trustee, Councillor or Mayor

Wednesday, October 10th - Required Advanced Voting Opportunity for October 20th, 2018 Local General Election

Saturday, October 20th - General Voting Day/Unofficial Declaration of Results of 2018 Local General Election after close of polls at 8pm

Tuesday, October 23rd - Official Declaration of Results of 2018 Local General Election

November 2018 - Holding of Inaugural Meetings for the 2018-2022 local government term at Muncipal Councils', Cariboo Regional District Board and Boards' of Education for School Districts' #27/28 (Cariboo-Chilcotin/Quesnel)

~SF





Thursday, April 19, 2018

Quesnel/Wells receive BC Age Friendly Grants

Courtesy of the Government of BC:

Editor's Note -- Quesnel received $25,000 for resident retention, including seniors, is important to the long-term vibrancy of its community. This assessment of the city’s age-friendly capacity will set the foundation for the development of a plan, priorities and activities to enable more seniors to age in place. The assessment will include consultation in a world cafĂ© setting, meetings with relevant groups and organizations, and outreach to isolated seniors. Wells received $14,900 to increase community accessibility through two pilot programs to improve residential snow removal for seniors and those with disabilities, and to increase outdoor seating to provide rest areas, with bench installations on routes designated by seniors and community members. Both these programs will reduce isolation and improve overall accessibility for older adults.

From Fort St. John to Wells, eight communities in northern British Columbia are receiving age-friendly grants to support seniors, so they can live active, safe, socially engaged and independent lives.

“Seniors spent their lives building our communities — it’s important that they are included in them as they age,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “When we make communities age friendly, we make them more accessible for everyone.”

Approximately $587,000 in age-friendly grants are being provided to B.C. communities in 2018.

“We know that seniors who stay socially connected and active in the community live longer, healthier lives,” said Parliamentary Secretary for Seniors Anne Kang. “I encourage our communities to keep up the great work they’re doing to develop sustainable projects that support seniors in being connected to the people and activities they love.”

Grants will be distributed to Fort St. John, Fraser Lake, Kitimat, Prince George, Quesnel, Smithers, Stewart and Wells. The communities’ projects and plans include:

an assessment on how to make Fort St. John more age-friendly;
increased use of Fraser Lake’s community vehicle to help support seniors to socialize and be physically active;
the creation of an action plan to enhance seniors’ services in Kitimat;
the development of age-friendly recreation programs in Prince George;
a plan to help Quesnel seniors age in place;
a partnership with the Smithers public library to offer more large print and audio books;
a renovation to the Stewart seniors centre; and
the implementation of a project to increase the walkability of Wells.
The 2018 age-friendly grants will be distributed to 34 communities throughout B.C., almost double the number that received grants in 2017. This includes 12 communities that will receive grants of up to $25,000 for age-friendly assessments and action plans, and up to $15,000 awarded to 22 communities in support of age-friendly projects.

Communities that have completed steps towards becoming age-friendly can be officially recognized by the Province as an age-friendly British Columbia community. In 2017, Abbotsford, Keremeos, Salmo, Sicamous, Smithers and Tofino were officially recognized as age-friendly for their work in making their communities more accessible and inclusive for older adults.

The age-friendly communities grant program is a partnership between the Province and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities. In September 2017, local governments were invited to apply for grants and encouraged to consider projects that focused on accessibility, aging well, physical activity and non-medical home supports. Successful applicants are eligible to apply for a range of services from BC Healthy Communities Society to support their project.

Learn More:

More information about age-friendly B.C. can be found by visiting: http://www.gov.bc.ca/agefriendly

Local agencies carry on recovery work

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The CRD’s Recovery Manager, Stephanie Masun, delivered her final recovery report to the Cariboo Regional District Board at their April 13 meeting. The report signifies the end of the contract for the CRD’s Recovery Manager; however, various agencies are conducting ongoing recovery work throughout the Cariboo.
The following are some of the ongoing recovery services available in the Cariboo:
  • The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development has a locally based Community Wildfire Recovery team to help with assistance and information. They also have useful information posted on their website.
  • United Way has established Community Wellness Managers in the region to support community wellness and mental health needs.
  • Based out of Williams Lake, Samaritan’s Purse is travelling throughout the region, helping people navigate the services available to them.
  • Red Cross continues to provide support in the region and invites residents to call 1-800-863-6582 to make an appointment for individual recovery resources and supports. The Red Cross office in Williams Lake has recently moved to 510 Broadway Avenue North.
  • The Red Cross Community Partnerships Program, which provides funding to support community driven efforts that promote individual and community recovery and resiliency, continues to accept applications.
  • Red Cross’s Support to Small Business program is available until May 31, 2018. This program provides financial assistance for Small Businesses and First Nations Cultural Livelihoods impacted by the British Columbia 2017 fires.
  • Community Futures is hosting a Wildfire Recovery Support Program that provides hands-on support to businesses in the region who have been affected by the wildfires. Through this program, businesses can receive referrals to supporting agencies and personal administrative help. The Community Futures offices in Williams Lake, Quesnel and Ashcroft are delivering this program throughout the region with each office covering its local and regional mandated area.
Emergency preparedness is also a component of recovery. Information about FireSmart and other wildfire prevention programs is available on the CRD’s website as well. Take a moment to visit the PreparedBC website, which is British Columbia's one-stop shop for disaster readiness information.
Find these recovery resources, programs, contact information and more on the Wildfire Recovery pageat the CRD website. Updates are posted on the CRD’s Facebook page. If you are looking for recovery supports, review the recovery information provided on those pages or contact the provincial wildfire recovery program or Red Cross for additional support. 
Additionally, drop by one of the CRD’s information fairs this month to learn more about emergency preparedness and resilience. Information fairs are being held in the North Cariboo and South Cariboo:
Similar events are being hosted by other agencies in the Cariboo this spring.
Masun’s Wildfire Recovery Management report provided an overview of the CRD’s recovery management activities to date. The report also identifies the early-identified recovery needs and general trends, an overview of recovery program solutions and resources, short-term recovery program gaps and long-term planning and lessons learned. Read the report, along with CRD’s two other post-wildfire reports, on the CRD website.
Find recovery and emergency preparedness information at:

Cariboo RD Composter Sale starts today!

Starting today at 9am, buy a subsidized composter or countertop container. Composters are $40 and counter-top containers are $5 (including taxes). Also, a limited number of compost aerators will be sold for $10 each.

Composters will be for sale throughout the Cariboo:

- the CRD office in City of Williams Lake (180D North 3rd Avenue, Williams Lake)
- the District of 100 Mile House office (385 Birch Avenue, 100 Mile House)
- City Hall in City of Quesnel (410 Kinchant Street, Quesnel)

This deal is available to all Cariboo residents on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Only one composter available per customer.

Find product information at www.earthmachine.com or www.sure-close.com.

This subsidized composter sale is a partnership program with the Cariboo Regional District, City of Quesnel, City of Williams Lake and the District of 100 Mile House.

81st Bull Show/Sale starts today!

Starting today at 1pm and concluding Friday at the Williams Lake Stockyards (on Marwick Landing, off of Cattle Drive) -- the 81st Bull Show and Sale commences. Billed one of Canada’s top commercial bull sales, the Williams Lake Bull Show and Sale will see 157 prized bulls roll into the Williams Lake Stockyards which will feature breeds including Hereford, Simmental, Charolais, Gelbvieh and Angus

More details here

~SF

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Upcoming Cariboo RD info fairs focus on Emergency Preparedness

Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District:

The Cariboo Regional District is hosting two information fairs next week. The events give residents the opportunity to drop by and meet with their Electoral Area directors and CRD staff, along with other agencies to discuss issues specific to their community. This year’s events are themed around emergency preparedness and resilience.

Representatives will be on hand from various government ministries and services agencies to share information with residents, including the Red Cross, Provincial Wildfire Recovery Program, Emergency Social Services, United Way, Samaritan’s Purse and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Specific to the North Cariboo meeting, some of the other participating organizations will be the RCMP, Pet Safe Coalition Society, EMBC and the Nazko Valley Community Association. In the South Cariboo, residents will also be able to visit with representatives from Interior Roads, BC Ambulance Service, Community Futures, Lone Butte Volunteer Fire Department and Interior Health.

“Essentially we are trying to create a one-stop shop for residents where they can visit each booth to have their questions answered directly by the agency that deals with that specific issue,” explains CRD Chair Margo Wagner. “After last year’s wildfires, the topic of emergency preparedness and resilience is top of mind for many of our residents and we hope lots of people take advantage of these opportunities to ask questions and gather information.”

This is the third year the CRD has hosted information fairs instead of traditional Town Hall Meetings. The aim is to hold these types of meetings each year in the South, Central and North Cariboo regions with a rotation through each Electoral Area.

The information fairs will take place as follows. The events are open-house style, so residents can drop by anytime between 5:30 and 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24
Nazko Valley Community Centre
9560 Nazko Road
5:30-7 p.m.

Thursday, April 26
Lone Butte Community Hall
5994 Highway 24
5:30-7 p.m.


Other agencies are planning similar events in other locations in the region. Information on those events will be shared as it becomes available. Additional wildfire recovery and preparedness information can be found at cariboord.ca or at facebook.com/CRDEmergencyOperations.

The Cariboo Regional District currently provides more than 100 local government services to taxpayers including fire protection, land-use planning, solid waste management, and invasive plant management as well as libraries and recreation facilities.

Reid St Revitalization

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Editor's Note -- this week's Quesnel Council Column is written by Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson who can be reached via email here

Despite extensive communications with the public and Reid Street businesses and multiple opportunities for the public to engage in the planning process, there is still some confusion about the Reid Street revitalization project. In fact, there was some commentary on Facebook this weekend about whether the project is a wise use of our tax dollars and why Reid Street will be redesigned to have wider sidewalks and a single lane for vehicle traffic.

This late stage consternation over a project that has been in the planning stages for over two years is a little frustrating, as ample opportunity was given to the public to participate in the redesign of Reid Street. Some of the people now trying to generate debate about this project just weeks before it starts did not take advantage of those opportunities when they were presented to them, some did participate in the process but don’t like the outcome; the latter refusing to concede to the reality that in a democracy compromises need to be made in order to accommodate the wide range of interests that are always expressed when the public is given an opportunity to offer input on any matter.

The Reid Street project is, at its core, the replacement of a water main that was installed in the early 1950s. That water main is well past its serviceable life and is showing signs of failure at the connections to the pipes that provide water to the buildings along Reid. Rather than wait for a catastrophic failure of this old water main, it will be replaced this year in a proactive manner. The businesses along Reid Street have been given ample advance notice of this project and deliberate steps have been and will continue to be taken to minimize business interruption – something that would not be possible if we simply waited until the water main failed.

Because the water main is so deep and because each building along Reid will need a new connecting pipe, the entire street and all the sidewalks will be ripped up and replaced. This need to replace the street and sidewalks is what presented the opportunity to engage the public in a dialogue about redesigning Reid Street to more modern standards and expectations for a retail space.

Throughout the public consultation process some people expressed the view that there should be no change to Reid Street at all while some wanted the street, in whole or in part, converted to a pedestrian only space. However, in the first public consultation held on this project four main design criteria were arrived at through an electronic voting process, these design criteria were essentially affirmed with an online survey. Those who participated in these processes generally agreed they would like to see wider sidewalks, traffic slowed down, more opportunities for social space, and minimal loss of parking.

The final design for Reid Street adheres to the criteria obtained from the extensive public consultation that was held prior to issuing the tenders for this project. Council is aware that compromises were made and that change will be hard for some to accept, but the extensive consultation period for this project is over and crews will begin working on Reid Street in early May.

Look for a special City News in your mailbox next week with more details on what Reid Street will look like after the project is completed. This information and project updates will also be on the City website under Capital Projects and at Spirit Centre, 246 St. Laurent Ave.

Quesnel Council Highlights - Apr 17th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Independent 2017 Financial Audit Report
Chris Calder, Manager, and Corey Naphtali, Partner, both from the KPMG accounting firm, presented anIndependent Audit Report of the City’s 2017 Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2017. The City’s 2017 Financial Statements has received a clean audit in accordance with the Canadian public sector accounting standards.
Five Year Financial Plan (2018 to 2022)
The City of Quesnel Five Financial Plan, for the years 2018 to 2022, outlines the City’s policies regarding revenues, distribution of property taxes and permissive tax exemptions. The City’s Five Year Financial Plan also includes proposed revenues/expenditures and includes the operating/capital budgets. Financial implications for the Five Year Plan include:
Capital
  • Capital carryforwards of $3.9 million have been added to the approved 2018 capital budget of $11 million.
  • The proposed new public works building has been built into the five year plan. A referendum will be held, during the October 2018 Local Government Election, to seek permissive authority for the debt.
Operating
  • 2% inflation each year, 5% growth in Water Utility fees and 2% growth in Sewer fees.
Proposed Elliott Street Supportive Housing Development (2nd Proposal) - Update
On March 6, 2018 Council approved the first bylaw reading of the Official Community Plan and Zone Amendment bylaws for BC Housing’s proposed Supportive Housing development that would be located on 6 vacant lots within the 300 Block of Elliott Street. Highlights of the second proposal submitted includes:
  • Removes the short stay shelter and emergency shelter components of the development.
  • Has 32 units of supportive housing with space for staff, programming and common facilities on the first floor.
  • Floor plans will continue to be a three storey building, although the footprint may be reduced.
  • 32 residential units will be self-contained one-bedroom units with full washroom and kitchen with shared common laundry rooms.
  • BC Housing to issue a Request for Proposal to invite qualified non-profit societies to operate this project. Until this occurs, advancement of City process (listed below) is on hold.
  • Public Consultation
    • Council will consider setting a date/time for the required Public Hearing should this development proceed.
    • Council to determine if additional consultation is required prior to the Public Hearing, or if the consultation thus far on the proposed development has been sufficient.
  • Once the Operator contract has been awarded, the exact needs for the first floor will be determined and finalized floor plans will be determined and the project form and character will be reviewed through the Development Permit process.
City of Quesnel Silent Auction
The City of Quesnel will be holding a sealed bid auction to sell confiscated or abandoned items seized by R.C.M.P. and surplus items from various City of Quesnel and North Cariboo Regional District functions. This auction is to take place on May 1, 2 and 3, 2018 at Arena II located at 500 Barlow Avenue. There are over 800 items including bicycles, electronic equipment, tools, jewellery, clothing and office furniture. A complete list of items will listed on the City’s website by April 20, 2018. Any items purchased will need to be paid for with cash or debit at City Hall before picking items up. The City will be advertising this auction in the Quesnel-Cariboo Observer newspaper on April 18 and 25, 2018.
Day
Date
Times

Tuesday
May 1
9 AM – 5 PM
VIEWING AND BIDDING
Wednesday
May 2
9 AM – 7 PM
VIEWING AND BIDDING
Thursday
May 3
9 AM – 1 PM
VIEWING AND BIDDING
Thursday
May 3
1 PM - 5 PM
Open bids call highest bidder, move to next if cannot be reached.
Friday
May 4
9 AM – 12PM
Open bids call highest bidder, move to next if cannot be reached.
Friday
May 4
9 AM – 2 PM
PAYMENT and PICKUP REQUIRED PRIOR to 2 PM

Bylaws
  • 1783 – Quesnel Lions Society Housing Agreement (255 McNaughton Avenue) – Second and Third
  • 1847 – Dakelh Housing Agreement (424 McLean Street) – Second and Third 
  • 1850 – Five Year Financial Plan (2018 to 2022) – First, Second and Third 
Next Meetings
  • 7 pm, April 24 - Regular Council Meeting
  • 7 pm, May 1 - Regular Council Meeting

AKBLG 2018

After last weekend's AVICC (Association of Vancouver Island/Coastal Communities) 2018 Local Government Convention in Victoria, BC (for details from this Convention - click here), the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments' (AKBLG) 2018 Convention starts today and concludes Friday at 12:30pm in Fernie, BC - which is nestled in the southeast corner of BC

The Convention Agenda includes:

* Walking Tours
* Welcome Reception
* Study Sessions
* Resolutions' Debate - Resolutions approved at this Convention go on to the 2018 Union of BC Municipalities or UBCM Convention which is being held September 10-14 in Whistler, BC

View full details here

Future BC Local Government Area Associations' Conventions' include:

SILGA (Southern Interior Local Government Association) - April 24-27 in Revelstoke BC
NCLGA - (North Central Local Government Association) - May 7-10 in Fort Nelson, BC
LMLGA - (Lower Mainland Local Government Association) - May 9-11 in Whistler, BC

~SF

Monday, April 16, 2018

Emergency Preparedness Committee Highlights - Apr 16th mtg

Present: Chair M. Wagner; Directors T. Armstrong, J. Massier, S. Forseth, J. Sorley and B. Anderson

The Chair called the meeting to order at 10:00am

Meeting Agenda adopted

Business:

The Committee reviewed the following:

a) CRD Wildfire Recovery Management Report
b) 2017 Wildfire Reports - Staff Recommendations

No resolution resulted from the discussions

The Committee adjourned at 2:30pm

2018 CCACS Project Grants Awarded

Courtesy of the Central Cariboo Arts/Culture Society:

The Cariboo Regional District, City of Williams Lake and Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society (CCACS) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 CCACS Project Grants Program. Project grants are available annually for non-profit organizations or community groups in Williams Lake and the Central Cariboo (CRD Areas D, E, and F) to support and develop arts and culture within the region.

The Cariboo Regional District and the City of Williams Lake provide funding for these grants through the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture function. A total of $25,000 in funding was available for 2018. More information on CCACS funding programs can be found at centralcaribooarts.com

2018 CCACS Project Grant Recipients:

· Arts on the Fly Festival Society – Arts on the Fly Festival ($3,000)
· Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre – Uptown Art ($3,000)
· Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society – Water Wise/Salmonid Art Exhibit ($3,000)
· Cariboo Chilcotin Conservation Society – “Trash Art” Project for Secondary Students ($1,500)
· Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy – Storywalk Williams Lake ($500)
· Cariboo Chilcotin Youth Fiddle Society – Love and Lemonade Community Dance ($1,500)
· Cariboo Potters’ Guild – Hand Building with Slabs Workshop with Linda Doherty ($1,600)
· Community Arts Council of Williams Lake – Cariboo Wildfire Legacy ($1,000)
· Esk’etemc (Alkali Lake First Nation) – Esk’etemc Canvas Art Project ($3,000)
· Station House Studio and Gallery Society – Williams Lake Spring Lilac Festival ($1,100)

Early Preview of 2018 City of Williams Lake Local General Election?

Although the 2018 Local General Election in the City of Williams Lake is still a number of months away - a local group called Rail Ties - Be Wise (click here) a few weeks ago (March 22nd) encouraged its' supporters to start looking for candidates who are seeking public office this fall on Williams Lake City Council (Mayor/Councillor) and who are supportive, if elected, of getting Williams Lake City Council to withdraw its' support of Atlantic Power's bid to the provincial Ministry of Environment to increase its' ability to burn more rail ties - click here.  A local historian I consulted with advises that this was last tried in the City back in the 1970's when elections on municipal councils', at the time, were held every year for half of the elected positions

I do reasonably expect that those who are seeking election or re-election as Williams Lake Mayor or City Councillor will hear about this issue and many others like property taxation, infrastructure (roads primarily), crime, etc at the door step, starting in late September when the official 2018 Election Campaign for Williams Lake City Council commences

As to re-election plans for the currently elected (2014-18) Williams Lake City Council:

Name
Seeking Re-Election
Number of Years Served



Walt Cobb (Mayor)
Yes
Councillor from 1984-90; Mayor from 1990-96 and 2014-present
Ivan Bonnell (Councillor)
Unknown
Councillor from 1988-1999; Mayor from 1999-2002 and Councillor from 2011-present
Scott Nelson (Councillor)
Unknown
Councillor from 1990-1999; Mayor from 2005-2008 and Councillor from 2014-present
Jason Ryll (Councillor)
Unknown
Councillor from 2014-present
Craig Smith (Councillor)
Yes
Councillor from 2014-present
Laurie Walters (Councillor)
Unknown
Councillor from 2008-present
Sue Zacharias (Councillor)
No
Cariboo Regional District Electoral Area ‘D’ Director from 2005-08; Councillor from 2008-present

Local Government General Elections (Regional District Boards', Boards of Education and Municipal Councils') will be held on Saturday, October 20th, 2018 for new 4 year terms commencing November 2018 and ending November 2022

~SF


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Billie Bouchie Day receives $10,000 Provincial Grant - May 25/26

Courtesy of the Friends of Bouchie/Milburn Society:

The Friends of Bouchie-Milburn Society / FoBM is excited to announce that they have successfully secured a $10,000.00 grant from the Province of British Columbia to support the 2nd Annual Billie Bouchie Day. The grant received is under the “Community Resilience Through Arts and Culture Fund”. It was applied for by the Friends of Bouchie-Milburn Society in partnership with the Friends of the Quesnel and District Museum and Archives and the North Cariboo Metis Association.

Bille Bouchie Day is a 1 ½ day event to be held in Bouchie Lake on May 25/26th. This weekend has particular significance as on May 27, 2018, it will be 116 years since Lizette Allard Boucher and William Boucher (“Billie Bouchie”) pre-empted 320 acres in the area thereby becoming Bouchie Lake’s first permanent residents. During that time, travel into the area was by way of the Collins-Overland Telegraph Trail. Billie Bouchie was one of the sons of Jean Baptiste Boucher, a well-known French-Cree (Metis) interpreter who worked for the North West Company. Billie was a courier travelling between Fort Alexandria and Fort St.James on the Telegraph Trail and in later life, he was a ferryman transporting freight and people across the Fraser River. Lizette was also Metis with her mother a Cowichan First Nation.

Billie Bouchie Day will be a collaborative, community based celebration with a focus on the contribution that the First Nation, Metis and early settlers made to our community and the region as a whole. Activities being planned will be focused on the whole family and will include a Tradeshow / Market, demonstrations, historical and interpretive displays, story-telling, music, jigging, buskers, a lunch box social, Metis Kitchen Party, and equine related activities. The site will be set up as a encampment along the Telegraph Trail. The event will also focus on creating partnerships between local non-profits and businesses through partnerships and sponsorships respectively. The event’s most recent sponsor is West Fraser Mills.

The “Community Resilience Through Arts and Culture Fund” is focused on rural or First Nation communities and those communities who have experienced hardship, historic oppression or other challenges that would benefit from the power of arts and culture to promote healing, resilience and connection. For information on the fund, check out https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/arts-culture/arts-and-culture-initiatives/community-resilience.

The Friends of Bouchie-Milburn Society established in the autumn of 2017. The group’s Mission Statement is to is to support and unite our community and focus our collective energy on desired projects, events and celebrations that improve the health, liveability, education, safety, and welfare of all Bouchie Lake and Milburn Lake residents through inclusion, kindness and collaboration.

For additional information on Billie Bouchie Day and /or the Friends of Bouchie-Milburn Society, please email bouchielakefriends@gmail.com or Dale Moskalyk, Chair at 778.465.5009 or Heloise Dixon-Warren, Secretary at 250.249.5329

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Canada/BC sign Emergency Management Agreement w/Tsilhqot’in National Gov't

Courtesy of the Government of British Columbia:

The safety and security of First Nation communities is a shared priority for the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia. Canada is committed to partnering with First Nations to ensure access to emergency assistance services that are comparable to those available to nearby non-Indigenous communities.

Today, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, along with the Honourable Scott Fraser, British Columbia Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, the Honourable Mike Farnworth, British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and Chiefs of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, announced the signing of a tripartite Collaborative Emergency Management Agreement.

This is the first tripartite agreement of its kind in Canada and a significant step in federal, provincial and Tsilhqot’in Nation governments working together, learning together, and starting to implement practical changes necessary to help people in the event of an emergency situation in the community. It will also benefit the region, inform work with other Indigenous governments and communities, and contribute to the larger commitment to improve overall emergency management in the Province.

The Agreement reflects the common goal of the three governments to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.

Under the Agreement, the federal, provincial and Tsilhqot’in Nation governments will work together to identify best practices and build on the capacity of the Tsilhqot’in communities in emergency management. The foundation for this work will be the lessons-learned during the unprecedented 2017 wildfire season in British Columbia.

The goal of this Agreement is to build trust, relationships, strong lines of communication, improved processes between all partners, and to deliver emergency services in the most efficient and effective way for all British Columbians in the region.

The Hon. Jane Philpott, MD,PC,PC - Federal Minister of Indigenous Services said:

“The Government of Canada is pleased to partner with British Columbia and the Tsilhqot'in Nation to harness the strengths, expertise and experience of the Nation to build emergency management capacity that will benefit the whole region. After an unprecedented wildfire season in 2017, agreements like this one will improve the response needed to work effectively with Tsilhqot’in Nation in the event of an emergency, as well as best practices and practical solutions that can be shared to benefit other First Nation communities.”

While the Hon. Scott Fraser, BC Minister of Indigenous Relations/Reconciliation said:

“One of the most important things we can do as a government is implement change that will help keep people safer. In the aftermath of last year’s devastating wildfires, Indigenous communities in particular faced the devastation of losing homes, fearing for the safety of loved ones and being displaced for weeks or months, and there is much we can learn together from this experience about how we can respond better to keep families and communities safe. This Agreement creates a true partnership with the Tsilhqot’in National Government that will allow them to plan the best way forward for their communities to respond in an emergency.”

The Hon. Mike Farnsworth, BC's Minister of Public Safety stated:

“We value the important role that First Nations play in emergency mitigation, preparedness and response throughout our province. This Agreement is about strengthening relationships and working toward reconciliation with the Tsilhqot’in Nation, and at the same time acknowledging the need to support Indigenous self-determination in emergency management.”

Finally Chief Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chairman, Tsilhqot’in National Government said:

“The wildfires during the summer of 2017 taught us that First Nations often live on the front lines of wildfires and have to be partners in preparation and response. As a remote nation, we faced extreme challenges, and outside agencies were uneducated about our expertise, our capacity, our governance structures and jurisdiction. As governments, Canada, BC and the Tsilhqot’in Nation have numerous lessons to learn from. Our Nation, specifically the community of Tl’etinqox, was the first in Canadian history to ever exercise their jurisdiction and governance by not evacuating during a recommended evacuation order. We had the years of preparation, the expertise, the machinery, the fire crews and the resources to stand and fight. We protected our community from encroaching wildfire while provincial and federal resources were stretched too thin. Emergency situations are only going to increase in a time of climate change. This tripartite emergency agreement is just a start to working together as governments and preparing for future emergency situations.”

Quick Facts:

The Government of Canada and the British Columbia Government have a 10-year, $29.6 million bilateral Emergency Management Service Agreement to enhance the delivery of emergency management support services to on-reserve First Nation communities in British Columbia. This Agreement enables all First Nation communities on reserve to receive emergency management support comparable to what is currently provided to local authorities.

Canada and British Columbia are working with First Nation partners to develop a Province-wide tripartite approach to emergency management that recognizes First Nations as full partners.

The tripartite Collaborative Emergency Management Agreement with the Tsilhqot’in National Government is separate from and complementary to the Emergency Management Service Agreement, as it reflects a Tsilhqot’in Nation-based approach to building their capacity for emergency planning and response.

The Tsilhqot'in Nation consists of the Tsilhqot'in communities of Tl'etinqox (Anaham), ?Esdilagh (Alexandria), Yunesit'in (Stone), Tsi Deldel (Alexis Creek/Redstone), Tl'esqox (Toosey) and Xeni Gwet'in (Nemiah).

Learn More:

Collaborative Emergency Management Agreement:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/consulting-with-first-nations/first-nations-negotiations/first-nations-a-z-listing/tsilhqot-in-national-government

Tsilhqot'in National Government: http://www.tsilhqotin.ca/

Tsilhqot’in National Government profile: http://fnp-ppn.aandc-aadnc.gc.ca/fnp/Main/Search/TCMain.aspx?TC_NUMBER=9097&lang=eng