The First Nations Energy and Mining Council (FNEMC), as mandated, has undertaken to be involved in the environmental assessment review announced by the federal government. To date, FNEMC has developed an overall proposal for multi-year engagement, provided comments to Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) regarding the Terms of Reference of the Panel, and submitted an application for participant funding.
The federal CEAA panel was appointed in August by Minister McKenna, and participant funding submissions were received until September 9. On September 22, FNEMC was notified that their funding application was approved. In follow-up, FNEMC contacted and received agreement from BCAFN to hold the day following their Annual General Assembly, scheduled for October 24-26 in Victoria in Songhees Nation territory.
We invite all First Nations to attend, and hope that delegates attending the BCAFN Annual Assembly can stay over one additional night to attend this strategy session. The objective is to develop a list of options that First Nations can refer to in their presentations to the five regional EA review panel sessions scheduled for November and December 2016.
For more information and to submit registration forms, please contact Joanna at 604-924-3844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.