What is this engagement about?
In March 2017 the Province and Halfway River First Nation signed a Government-to-Government Agreement, which included working together to recommend that a conservancy be established in an area of high cultural significance to the community. The Province is seeking to understand how this proposal may impact third parties and the public.
The proposed Tsaa Nuna conservancy, 65 km northwest of Fort St. John and 35 km northeast of the Butler Ridge Provincial Park, covers 5,975 hectares of land along the southern shore of Halfway River. View the location map here.
The conservancy is intended to protect the high cultural values and wildlife habitats. The land within the proposed conservancy is of historic and continuing significance for the practice of treaty rights by Halfway River First Nation.
The conservancy designation explicitly recognizes the importance of these areas to First Nations for social, ceremonial and cultural uses. Conservancies provide for a wider range of low impact, compatible economic opportunities than Class A parks, however, commercial logging, mining and hydroelectric power generation, other than local run-of-the-river projects, are prohibited.
Please read the Discussion Paper and FAQs for more information.
Members of the public are invited to provide written comments on the proposed new Tsaa Nuna conservancy until May 25, 2018. Comments can be mailed or emailed to:
- Lisa Brock
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
100-10003 110th Avenue
Fort St. John, BC
An open house is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. in Room 202 at Northern Lights College, Fort St. John.
How can my contribution make a difference?
Comments received will be compiled into a record for consideration by the Minister in making a decision about establishment of the proposed conservancy.
Ministry staff may follow up on feedback to provide clarification or answer questions.
Details of the Engagement:
Date: April 16 – May 25, 2018
Category: Land & Animals
Type: In-person, E-mail, Mail