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Engagement in Environmental Assessment Revitalization Province-Wide Forum
May 29 - May 31
Recently, the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council invited you to participate in a province-wide forum to discuss the proposed British Columbia environmental assessment revitalization process. The forum was scheduled on May 29-30 at the Musqueam Community Centre in Vancouver. The province-wide forum is of critical importance and is open to First Nations Chiefs, Leaders, Technicians and Indigenous environmental and regulatory experts. At that time, you will have the benefit of reviewing a discussion paper based on recommendations of the Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee and the outcomes of First Nations engagement from the regional workshops. Your participation in the May 29 and 30 forum will allow for input into a planned “Intentions Paper” which will provide direction for legislative reform of the Environmental Assessment Act in November/December.
We are now writing to you to inform you that we have added a third day to the forum, which will be on May 31, 2018. This day will include presentations and discussion on two pieces of legislation recently introduced by the Federal government through the Federal Impact Assessment Act.
The FNEMC confirms the May 31 federal-First Nations forum will focus on:
- Federal Ministry of Environment repeal of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and enactment of the Impact Assessment Act,
- Natural Resources Canada repeal of the National Energy Board Act and enactment of the Canadian Energy Regulator Act,
- First Nations feedback on this legislation and opportunities to participate in the upcoming regulatory and policy development.
The agenda for this third day of the forum is being drafted now and will be posted on our website www.fnemc.ca in the very near future. We are also engaged on social media, so please follow us on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts for the latest information and forum updates. As was previously indicated, participant travel will be reimbursed, up to $1000 for one member per First Nation to attend May 29-30 of the Province-Wide forum on the BC Environmental Assessment Revitalization process.
Feedback was received from some First Nations that $1000 is insufficient due to the high season for hotels. Participants at the May 31 session will be able to be reimbursed up to $500 for participation in the third day, which could support the shortfall of costs incurred on May 29-30. Attendance all three days will result in up to $1500 of reimbursements. Each participant must submit a travel expense claim to FNEMC within seven days after the workshop. We will host breakfast and lunch, on all days of the forum, so please register to ensure we have sufficient food and so we can accommodate any dietary needs of registrants.