Bulkley Valley Research Centre

Description: The Bulkley Valley Research Centre (BVRC) is an independent, not-for-profit society conducting high-quality, interdisciplinary research on natural and cultural resources with a purpose of providing the science required for sustainable resource management. Serving to connect researchers with each other and the greater community through networking, learning, and research opportunities, BVRC supports community engagement on natural resource management issues and decision-making through the research and distribution of data that promotes long-term community sustainability. Their website includes links to biophysical, cultural, and resource management research projects as well as an extensive reports library.

Key Words: science, resource management, connecting research, community, sustainability, non-profit

Lead Organization  Bulkley Valley Research Centre
Regional Focus  Bulkley-Nechako
Status  On-going
Website  bvcentre.ca
Primary Contact bvcentre.ca/contact
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The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)

Description: The UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) brings together diverse perspectives from across northern BC to research the cumulative impacts of natural resource development. Through ongoing research and community engagement, CIRC seeks to inclusively integrate environmental, community, and health perspectives into a broad and holistic understanding of resource development across northern BC that considers the near and long-term impacts on communities and their regional environments.

Key Words: Northern BC, cumulative impacts, resource development, environment, health, community, integrative

Lead Organization  The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC)
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern-Rockies, Peace River, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo
Status  On-going
Website  www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts
Primary Contact  www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts/contact
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CIRC “New Tools” Community Workshops

Description: The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) is a research and community outreach initiative based at the University of Northern British Columbia. The CIRC is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of cumulative environmental, community and health impacts of resource development. As part of an ongoing project focused on developing new tools and processes to assess and monitor the positive and negative impacts of resource development
across northern BC, CIRC convened a series of community workshops between 2016-2018 in the District of Vanderhoof, the Peace River Regional District and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. This project aims to integrate community, environment and health values and perspectives, and account for diverse forms of knowledge and information, to inform the development of cumulative impact assessment tools.

Key Words: Cumulative impacts, community engagement, data-driven storytelling

Additional Resources:  For more information about the “New Tools” project, please visit the Research section CIRC website. To learn more about our community workshops, please visit the Reports and Publications section of the CIRC website.

Lead Organization UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium
Regional Focus Northern Rockies; Peace River Region; Bulkley-Nechako
Status Ongoing
Website https://www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts
Primary Contact circ@unbc.ca
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Gas Gone Wild – LNG in BC: Impacts on Parks, Wilderness & Wildlife

DescriptionIn 2014, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – BC Chapter (CPAWS-BC) outlined the potential impacts of proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipelines in northern B.C. on wilderness values in a report titled “Gas Gone Wild – LNG in BC: Impacts on Parks, Wilderness & Wildlife”. The report focuses on the potential impacts of five proposed pipelines as identified by the provincial government. Main findings include: clearing of entirely new right-of-ways, fragmentation of habitat including grizzly bear populations, opening up of provincial parks to development, and additional effects on parks and protected areas.

Key Words:  impacts, LNG, northern BC, wilderness, wildlife, provincial government

Additional Resourceswww.cpawsbc.org/upload/lng-report-2014.pdf

Lead Organization  Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
Regional Focus  Kitimat-Stikine, Peace, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George
Status  Complete
Website cpawsbc.org/campaigns/oil-and-gas
Primary Contact Peter Wood, Terrestrial Campaigns Director, CPAWS-BC

E: peter@cpawsbc.org    P: (604) 685 7445 Ext. 22

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Health and Medical Services Plan Best Management Guide for Industrial Camps

Description: This Northern Health guide is intended to help industry better understand the expectations of on-site services, and describe the types of health care needs that industry can anticipate at industrial camps. Additionally, it provides information on the level of detail that should be included in an effective Health and Medical Services Plan.

Key Words: Government, health, industry, work camps

Additional Resources: northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/Your_Health/Programs/Public%20Health/OfficeHealthResourceDevelopment/2015-03-HMSP.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/PublicHealth/OfficeofHealthandResourceDevelopment.aspx
Primary Contact Office of Health and Resource Development

Resource.development@northernhealth.ca,  250 645 6367

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Identifying Youth Place-Based Values

Description: In order to better understand youth perspectives on regional environmental, community and health values, the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) led an arts-based mapping activity with grade 8 students from School District 91 (SD91) in May 2017. The overall goal of this workshop was to learn about the kinds of environment, community and health values that are important to youth living in SD91 in relation to resource development. While youth will be deeply impacted by the land use and resource management decisions we make today, their perspectives are typically under-represented in land use decision making processes. In addition, this workshop introduced the concept of cumulative impacts and began an ongoing conversation with youth participants about the positive and negative impacts of resource development.

Key Words: Youth, Environment, Community and Health Values, Arts-based engagement

Additional Resources: https://www.unbc.ca/events/43900/identifying-youth-place-based-values-school-district-91

Lead Organization UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako
Status Complete
Website https://www.unbc.ca/cumulative-impacts
Primary Contact circ@unbc.ca
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LNG in Northern BC

Description: Northwest Institute and SkeenaWild Conservation Trust have teamed up to provide information that will help northerners understand the influx of proposed gas expansion in northern BC and what the industry means for northern communities. The website is maintained to provide impartial information and updates about proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) development in the northern part of the province and act as a portal to learn more about LNG in northern BC.

Key Words: LNG, northern BC, development, updates, Northwest Institute, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust

Lead Organization Northwest Institute, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat-Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Stikine
Status  On-going
Website lnginnorthernbc.ca
Primary Contact  lnginnorthernbc.ca/index.php/about-us/contact-us
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Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund

Description: The purpose of the Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund (NEEF) is to enhance the environment of the Nechako Watershed. As part of an agreement between the province of British Columbia and Alcan, Rio Tinto Alcan has agreed to contribute up to $50 million to the NEEF. Projects funded by the NEEF include: Nechako River Sustainability, Integrated Watershed Research in the Nechako River Basin, Biochronology of Wild-Recruited Nechako White Sturgeon and the White Sturgeon Conservation Fish Culture Program. The Management Committee posts electronic copies of communications from the consultation process in addition to routine correspondence.

Key Words: Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund, BC government, Rio Tinto Alcan, environment, conservation, industry, watershed.

Lead Organization Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund
Regional Focus  Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George
Status  On-going
Website  www.neef.ca
Primary Contact  neef.ca/contact-us
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Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund Resource Library

Description: The purpose of the Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund (NEEF) is to enhance the environment of the Nechako Watershed. As part of an agreement between the province of British Columbia and Alcan, Rio Tinto Alcan has agreed to contribute up to $50 million to the NEEF. A key deliverable of the Nechako Watershed Council Workplan in 2009 was the development of a bibliography of existing information concerning the Cold Water Release Facility. The NEEF Resource Library wishes to keep this information available for public use through access to the bibliography as well as links to individual subject headings.

Key Words: Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund, Rio Tinto Alcan, resource library, cold water release facility

Lead Organization Nechako Environmental Enhancement Fund
Regional Focus  Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George
Status Complete
Website www.neef.ca/resources/resource-library
Primary Contact  www.neef.ca/contact-us
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Nechako Watershed Roundtable

Description: The Nechako Watershed Roundtable is a collaborative initiative underway in 2015 working to protect and improve the health of the Nechako watershed for future generations. The Roundtable includes representation from BC First Nations, the Province of BC, local governments and other agencies and organizations having responsibilities and interests in the watershed with the intention to create a strategic plan and to undertake and advise on water stewardship activities in the Nechako River Basin.

Key Words: Nechako watershed, watershed health, water stewardship

Lead Organization Fraser Basin Council, Government of British Columbia – Ministry of Environment
Regional Focus  Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo
Status  On-going
Website  www.fraserbasin.bc.ca/Nechako_Watershed_Roundtable.html
Primary Contact Wayne Salewski: E: salewski@telus.net | T: 250 567-9542

Steve Litke: E: slitke@fraserbasin.bc.ca | T: 604 488-5358

Theresa Fresco: E: tfresco@fraserbasin.bc.ca | T: 604 488-5361

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Northwest Invasive Plant Council

Description: The Northwest Invasive Plant Council (NWIPC) is a not-for-profit organization that provides support and coordination for those involved in the various aspects of invasive plant management, including awareness, inventory, treatments, and assessment. The NWIPC has a management plan that is updated yearly to prioritize actions to effectively manage invasive plants. Their website provides links to resources, publications, plans, and other information.

Key Words: Invasive plants, management, non-profit,

Regional Focus Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George
Status On-going
Website nwipc.org
Primary Contact nwipc.org/contact
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Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC) Ignite the North Project

Description: Ignite the North is an initiative initially funded by the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC), aimed at fostering and encouraging entrepreneurial innovation in the north, for the north. The project hosted 10 events, taking place in Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fraser Lake, Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers (including Telkwa), McBride, Valemount, Mackenzie, and Prince George. Ignite the North hopes to inspire the next generation of innovators, initiating conversations on entrepreneurship, out of the box thinking, collaboration, and education. See the website for more details about the program.

Key Words: Business, education, entrepreneurship, innovation, tool

Lead Organization Ignite the North
Regional Focus Stikine, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Peace River, Northern Rockies
Status Complete
Website www.ignitethenorth.com
Primary Contact www.ignitethenorth.com/contact
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Omineca Region Environmental Stewardship Division

Description: Staff at the Omineca regional office work to ensure that the diverse activities that take place in the region are in balance with recreation and conservation objectives set by the Province, in accordance with the Ministry’s Business Plan. Three types of ecosystem monitoring take place in the region: compliance, effectiveness, and biodiversity. They address whether people are complying with environmental standards, whether these standards are having an effect in the environment, and informing and improving policy and practices for ecosystem conservation and management affecting biodiversity.

Key Words: Biodiversity, government, monitoring, Omineca region

Lead Organization Government of British Columbia – Ministry of Environment
Regional Focus Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako
Status On-going
Website www.env.gov.bc.ca/omineca/esd/index.html
Primary Contact Phone: (250) 565-6135,   
Fax: (250) 565-6940
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The Opportunities and Limitations of First Nations Forestry Agreements in British Columbia: Collective Experience of the Tl’azt’en Nation & the Future Needs for Community-Based Resource Management & Decision-Making

Description: This graduate thesis examines the intended socio-economic goals of forestry agreements in the Tl’azt’en Nation, and whether or not objectives have been met.

Key Words: Agreement, First Nations, forestry, industry, research, Tl’azt’en First Nation

Lead Organizations University of Northern British Columbia and the Tl’azt’en First Nation
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako
Status Complete
Website unbc.arcabc.ca/islandora/object/unbc%3A6382
Primary Contact Som Bahadur Pun, puns@unbc.ca

(250) 981-7258

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Position on the Environment as a Context for Health: An Integrated Settings Approach

Description: This paper outlines the position of Northern Health regarding the environment as a context for health. Health is tied to social, economic and personal development and these can be determined by the setting where we live, work, learn and play. This paper highlights that these settings are embedded in the physical environment. The full report can be viewed through the link below.

Key Words: Health, research

Addtional Resources: northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/About/PositionPapers/documents/EnvironmentContext%20Health_V2_20120725_WEB.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca
Primary Contact northernhealth.ca/ContactUs.aspx
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Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment for Northern British Columbia: The Case and the Opportunity

Description: This report proposes the use of Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment as a tool to address issues with current environmental assessment, including widespread lack of faith in the provincial and federal governments to adequately manage cumulative effects, reactive processes, and the feeling of alienation from meaningful input on behalf of residents. This approach reverses the project-by-project approach to environmental assessment by providing residents the opportunity to imagine the future they want for their land and communities based on shared values, and then measuring individual projects against this vision.

Key Words: Environmental Assessment (EA), government, industry, management, research, tool

Lead Organizations West Coast Environmental Law, Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo
Status Complete
Website wcel.org/resources/publication/regional-strategic-environmental-assessment-northern-british-columbia-case-and
Primary Contact wcel.org/about-us/contact-us
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Society for Ecosystem Restoration in North Central British Columbia (SERNbc)

Description: The Society of Ecosystem Restoration in North Central British Columbia (SERNbc) is a group of individuals and agencies interested in collaborating to restore vulnerable and degraded ecosystems. The website provides insight into programs, activities, and recent publications, including their 2013 Strategic Plan.

Key Words: Omineca region, non-profit, restoration

Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako
Status On-going
Website sernbc.ca
Primary Contact sernbc.ca/sern_contact.html
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Standard Working Group Comments and Recommendations for Provincial Environmental Assessments in Northern British Columbia

Description: This document summarizes the working group comments made by Northern Health for projects in the region, and allowing their interests and recommendations to be incorporated in the Environmental Assessment (EA) process. Information is intended for the identification, evaluation, and management of adverse effects under the “health” pillar of EA, but includes other factors since health is strongly influenced by the other pillars.

Key Words: Environmental Assessment (EA), health, management, Northern Health, valued components

Additional Resources: https://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/Your_Health/Programs/Public%20Health/OfficeHealthResourceDevelopment/2015-04-29-NH-EAStandardComments.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca/YourHealth/PublicHealth/OfficeofHealthandResourceDevelopment.aspx
Primary Contact Resource.development@northernhealth.ca

250 645 6367

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State of the North Report – 2018

Description: The State of the North Development Trust released a ‘State of the North’ economic report in January 2018. The report focuses on northern British Columbia and provides data and statistics on key economic indicators such as GDP, unemployment rate and infrastructure investment. It has been designed as a tool to serve communities, businesses and not-for-profits.

Key Words:  Northern BC, economy, data, statistics

Additional Resourceshttps://www.northerndevelopment.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/NDIT-SoTN-Report-Final.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Development Initiative Trust
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako, Cariboo, Central Coast, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northerndevelopment.bc.ca
Primary Contact northerndevelopment.bc.ca/about/contact-us
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Summary Report on Community Toolkits Addressing Socio-Economic and Health Impacts from Natural Resource Development Relevant to Northern BC

DescriptionIn 2015, Northern Health conducted a review of community toolkits, guides and summary articles on the socio-economic and health impacts, best management practices and mitigations for natural resource development projects relevant to Northern British Columbia. The following summary report was created to assess and summarize existing community tools available to address these impacts with the purpose to highlight information that can be tailored to the Northern BC context.

Key Words:  Socio-economic impacts, health impacts, community impacts, natural resource development, Northern BC

Additional Resources: https://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/Your_Health/Programs/Public%20Health/OfficeHealthResourceDevelopment/SummaryofCommunityToolkits.pdf

Lead Organization  Northern Health
Regional Focus  Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Kitimat-Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Skeena-Queen Charlotte, Stikine
Status  Complete
Website  northernhealth.ca
Primary Contact northernhealth.ca/ContactUs.aspx
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Understanding Resource and Community Development in Northern British Columbia

Description: This Northern Health report provides a background to understand the historical overview of resource and community development in Northern BC. Based on recent observations, the paper outlines where we are now in terms of resource and community development, the different cycles of resource industries, the current profile of changing population and transient workforces, and begins to make connections for health care services planning. Understanding the context for changing demographics and fluctuations in population in Northern BC related to resource development will assist Northern Health in providing better health care.

Key Words: Community development, government, health, history, industry, resource development

Additional Resources: https://northernhealth.ca/Portals/0/About/PositionPapers/documents/IndustrialCamps_P2_ResouceCommDevel_WEB.pdf

Lead Organization Northern Health
Regional Focus Stikine, Northern Rockies, Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine, Skeena-Queen Charlotte
Status Complete
Website northernhealth.ca
Primary Contact resource.development@northernhealth.ca,   250 645 6367
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Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance

Description: The Upper Fraser Fisheries Conservation Alliance (UFFCA) promotes accountability in the conservation, protection, and sustainable harvest of fish populations and the ecosystems they depend on. The UFFCA provides advice and support services to its 23 First Nation member communities on a range of issues such as environmental assessments and fisheries management. Publications, resources and annual reports can be found on their website.

Key Words: Conservation, First Nations, fish, fisheries, Fraser River, management, protection, water

Regional Focus Fraser Fort-George, Bulkley-Nechako
Status On-going
Website upperfraser.ca
Primary Contact upperfraser.ca/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=170
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Who’s Doing What in the Nechako Watershed? Workshop Report

Description: This Workshop Report outlines and summarizes the key points of the various presentations from the Fraser Basin Council meeting, aimed at addressing the health of the Nechako Watershed and outlining the work occurring in the region. The meeting engaged a series of watershed practitioners currently undertaking projects in the Nechako watershed. Objectives included sharing information about who is doing what projects and initiatives, identifying gaps, priorities and future aspirations, and exploring opportunities to strengthen partnerships and mobilize future action.

Key Words:  Health, Nechako watershed, non-profit, water

Additional ResourcesWho’s Doing What in the Nechako Watershed – Report – Sept 2015

Lead Organization Fraser Basin Council
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George, Cariboo
Status Complete
Website www.fraserbasin.bc.ca
Primary Contact www.fraserbasin.bc.ca/about_offices.html
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Yinka Dene ‘Uza’hné Surface Water Management Policy

Description: The Yinka Dene ‘uza’hné from Nadleh Whut’en and Stellat’en have enacted a water management regime for the regulation of the surface waters throughout the whole of their Territories. This regime comprises the Yinka Dene ‘Uza’hné Surface Water Management Policy and Yinka Dene ‘Uza’hné Guide to Surface Water Quality Standards. The surface water management policy describes a water classification system to support effective application in water systems including Nechako River, Francois Lake, Endako River, Stellako River and Fraser Lake. The water classification system enables Nadleh Whut’en and Stellat’en to classify waters into three categories based on their cultural and ecological importance, including High Cultural or Ecological Significance (Class I Waters), Sensitive Waters (Class II Waters), and Typical Waters (Class III Waters). Please see the link to the policy below in ‘Additional Resources’.

Key Words:  First Nations, water management, policy, classification

Additional Resourceshttp://www.carriersekani.ca/images/docs/Yinka%20Dene%20’Uzah’ne%20Surface%20Water%20Management%20Policy%20(March%2018%202016)%20(00303183xC6E53).pdf

Lead Organization Yinka Dene ‘Uza’hné, Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, Stellat’en First Nation
Regional Focus Bulkley-Nechako
Status Complete
Website www.carriersekani.ca/news/yinke-dene-uzahne-guide-to-surface-water-quality-standards
Primary Contact Nadleh Whut’en Chief Martin Louie (1-250-690-7211)
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