The B.C First Nations Energy and Mining Council (FNEMC) is holding an internal strategy session for Chiefs, leaders and First Nations energy/regulatory technicians on the National Energy Board (NEB) modernization review announced by the federal government. A five member Expert Panel was appointed November 8, 2016 by the Minister of Natural Resources Canada to review the NEB’s structure, role and mandate.
The strategy session is scheduled for Friday, February 17, 2017 in Richmond at the River Rock Casino Resort from
9:00-16:00. 45 hotel rooms have been reserved at a rate of $165.00+ taxes, per night. This special rate will be held until Friday, January 13th so please book your room and register for the event this week.
The workshop travel budget is limited so FNEMC will only be able to provide a subsidy of $150.00 for accommodations (in addition to a per diem) for 1 member per First Nation. More than one member can attend although one subsidy is only available per First Nation. The February 17th date was chosen to assist with the limited budget as this date coincides with the conclusion of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs Council February meeting in Vancouver. Thus we expect there will be a large number of eligible workshop participants in the city. It was only after the decision on a workshop date that Natural Resources Canada, the secretariat for the NEB review, determined the dates of the Expert Panel sessions. The Vancouver dates for the Expert Panel sessions are February 8th and 9th and unfortunately occur before the workshop. Expert Panel session dates for Fort St. John are scheduled for March 1st and 2nd.
FNEMC will prepare and circulate an NEB backgrounder and issues paper to all First Nations in BC later in January. The session and materials will assist First Nations to prepare written and oral submissions to the Expert Panel.
Backgrounder – coming soon
Agenda – coming soon
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The Nanaimo Environmental Assessment Workshop on November 23 has been cancelled. If you are a Vancouver Island First Nation and are interested in participating in the regional workshops, please register for the North Vancouver session on November 29 and contact Joanna at 604-924-3844 or email@example.com for more information.
The First Nations Energy and Mining Council (FNEMC) has been actively engaging with the British
Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) throughout 2015 and 2016. The next activities, set out in the joint Work Plan, focus on receiving feedback and input on enhanced opportunities for First Nations in the BC environmental assessment process.
BCEAO and FNEMC are jointly hosting regional workhops with First Nations throughout BC during mid-October and November 2016. The objective of these Workshops is to provide a forum through which First Nations will receive an overview of the outcomes of the dialogue between BCEAO and FNEMC, after which suggested recommendations will be reviewed and discussed.
For more information and to register, please contact Joanna at 604-924-3844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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