The Province of B.C. is hosting two virtual information sessions on the Columbia River Treaty in May and June, 2022. The sessions will be held online and by phone via Zoom Webinar. Read more and register for each event below.

For more information about the Columbia River Treaty and its history, visit About the Treaty. Visit the 2021 Virtual Town Hall page to learn what was raised during last year’s public session.

Canada – U.S. Negotiations: Where We Are and What’s to Come

Date: May 16, 2022
Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Pacific Time / 7-9 p.m. Mountain Time
Details: Zoom Webinar

This session featured the latest updates on Canada-U.S. negotiations and described the process for modernizing the Treaty in both countries.  View the recording to hear from Canada’s Chief Negotiator for the Treaty, Sylvain Fabi, lead members of the Canadian negotiation delegation from B.C. and the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc and Syilx Okanagan Nations, and Distinguished Professor Emerita from University of Idaho, Barb Cosens.

Agenda and full list of speakers (PDF)

Thank you to all who attended the session. A recording is now available by clicking the “Watch Now” button below.

A report summarizing the event and responding to the questions raised will be shared on this page in the near future.

Did you attend this session? Fill out this short survey to let us know what you thought.

Exploring Ecosystem Improvements through the Columbia River Treaty

Date: June 15, 2022
Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Pacific Time / 7-9 p.m. Mountain Time
Location: Zoom Webinar

This session will provide an overview of Indigenous-led research and assessments underway to determine how reservoir and river operations might be modified to improve aquatic and riparian ecosystems in the B.C. portion of the Columbia Basin. Presentations will focus in on three specific areas:

  1. Operations to restore floodplain, riparian and wetland ecosystems;
  2. Operations to assist in restoring anadromous salmon; and
  3. Operations to restore natural river functions.

This work is being conducted by the Columbia River Treaty Ecosystem Function Subcommittee, which was established by the Negotiations Advisory Team to explore how ecosystems could be considered and, ideally, enhanced in a modernized Treaty. The Ecosystem Function Subcommittee is led by the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc and Syilx Okanagan Nations and includes representatives from provincial and federal agencies and consultants. The Negotiations Advisory Team includes representatives from Canada, B.C. and the three Nations and provides advice and information to Canada’s Columbia River Treaty negotiating team.

Agenda and full list of speakers coming soon.

Questions are encouraged and can be submitted live during the session.