Bc Caribou Partnership Agreement

According to the government, the number of caribou in the province has increased from 40,000 to 15,000. The number of mountaineers in the south has fallen to less than 3,100 and the central group that this agreement aims to protect has fallen to 230. “West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations have done everything in their power to recover vulnerable caribou, and I applaud their leadership and the government`s leadership in negotiating this agreement,” said Tim Burkhart, B.C. Program Manager at Y2Y. “This new approach to conservation is one that the province and Canada need to do more for other herds and habitats.” The partnership agreement also confirms that the 2,689-hectare Klin-se-za Provincial Park (pronounced “Klin-see`za”) will be expanded by approximately 30,800 hectares. The province had already committed in 2015 to expand the park (Area B2) as part of the Saulteau First Nation-Colombia-Colombia- New Relationship and Reconciliation Agreement. The expanded park will cover more than 34,300 hectares and will include two mountains known locally as The Twin Sisters. The territory of the twin sisters is considered by the indigenous peoples of the region and elsewhere as a sacred place and supports the rest of the caribou. In recent weeks, the West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nation have proposed amendments to the partnership agreement that provide more opportunities for local communities to participate in Caribou`s rehabilitation efforts.

That`s why Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announced today that Canada has concluded two final conservation agreements with British Columbia and the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations to accelerate the recovery of the southern Caribou Mountain. He was accompanied at the signing in Vancouver by Chief Ken Cameron of the Saulteau First Nations; Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations and Minister No. Columbia, including Minister of Honour Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forestry, Land, Conservation and Rural Development; George Heyman, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change; Bruce Ralston, Minister of Energy, Mining and Petroleum Resources. The agreement protects approximately 7,500 square kilometres, including a new 2,000-square-kilometre indigenous protection zone that extends Klinse-za Provincial Park west of Chetwynd and Hudson`s Hope. The announcement, however, does not fit well with the opposition Liberal Party, which called last year`s mock consultation an orchestrated political performance, with the government now advancing its erroneous initial plan. “It`s a very good day,” he said. “Southern mountain caribou are an iconic species. They are important to Canadians and are of particular importance to many Aboriginal people in British Columbia.

After years of respectful dialogue, the B.C government partnered with Saulteau First Nations and West Moberly and the federal government to reach a historic agreement to protect the southern northeast mountain of B.C. taking into account the social and economic well-being of communities and interest groups in the region.

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