Climate Summary for: Northeast Region (PCIC)

Description: In 2013, the  Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) released a report highlighting a climate summary for the Northeast region of British Columbia. The report, titled “Climate Summary for: Northeast Region” looks at historical trends in temperature and precipitation to provide future climate projections and potential impacts for the region.

Key Words:  climate, impacts, Northeast BC

Additional Resourceshttps://www.pacificclimate.org/sites/default/files/publications/Climate_Summary-Northeast.pdf

Lead Organization Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)
Regional Focus Northern Rockies, Peace River
Status Complete
Website pacificclimate.org
Primary Contact pacificclimate.org/contact-us
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Cumulative Effects Assessment Management Framework for Northeast British Columbia

Description: In 1998, an environmental fund was established by the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission (BCOCG) to support research projects that addressed environmental effects associated with oil and gas development. Three research areas considered were: air emissions, cumulative effects, and ecosystem health and integrity. AXYS Environmental Consulting Ltd., Diversified Environmental Services, and Salmo Consulting Inc. proposed to develop a Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management Framework (CEAMF) for northeast BC, including the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area. This CEAMF Final Report describes a practical approach, specific to northeast BC, for assessing and managing project-specific and regional cumulative effects.

Key Words:  Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission, BCOCG, cumulative effects, air emissions, ecosystem health, management, framework

Additional Resourceshttp://www.muskwa-kechika.com/uploads/documents/cumulative-effects-mgmt/CEAMF%20Final%20Report.pdf

Lead Organization Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, BC Oil and Gas Commission
Regional Focus Northern Rockies
Status  Complete
Website  www.muskwa-kechika.com
Primary Contact  MKMASupport@shaw.ca
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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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Fort Nelson Land and Resource Management Program

Description: The Fort Nelson Land and Resource Management Program was completed in 1997. The land use plan covers an area of about 9.8 million hectares and created 37 resource management zones, under four categories: enhanced resource development, general resource development, Muska-Kechika special management and protect areas. A copy of the Plan is provided in the link.

Key Words: First Nations, industry, management

Lead Organization Fort Nelson First Nation
Regional Focus Northern Rockies
Status Completed
Website www.for.gov.bc.ca/tasb/slrp/plan32.html
Primary Contact Jason Lawson, Manager, Major Projects

Jason.Lawson@gov.bc.ca

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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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The Heart of the Rockies Conservation Atlas

DescriptionThe Heart of the Rockies Initiative is a land trust partnership that works to conserve both continentally significant ecological values at the landscape scale and community values that are prized locally. This partnership provides strategic vision, the latest science, and international cooperation to the strong collaborative work being done by 24 land trusts, protecting critical habitats and private ranch, farm and timberlands in the Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Eastern Washington, British Columbia and Alberta. The Heart of the Rockies Conservation Atlas delivers the latest science in climate change adaptation and habitat connectivity to help identify and validate selection of future conservation targets. It includes a curated collection of connectivity and climate data at a scale that is useful to on-the-ground practitioners and is grouped into themed galleries: Connectivity, Habitat, Climate Change, Working Lands, and Planning. The atlas includes tools that allow users to view datasets and add multiple layers of data, upload and analyze data, create shapefiles, export map images, download GIS layer packages, and create working groups to collaborate on projects.

Key Wordsland trust, ecological values, community values, climate change adaptation, conservation, data

Lead Organization  The Heart of the Rockies Initiative
Regional Focus  Fraser Fort George, Peace, Northern Rockies
Status  On-going
Website  heart-of-rockies.databasin.org/pages/about-heart-rockies
Primary Contact Michael Whitfield   E: michael@heart-of-rockies.org

Bray Beltrán            E: bray@fvlt.org

JoAnn Grant            E: joann@heart-of-rockies.org

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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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Muskwa-Kechika Management Area

Description: The Muskwa-Kechika Management Area (M-KMA), situated in northeastern British Columbia, is a globally significant area of wilderness, wildlife and cultures. Formally established in 1998 following its conception during the BC Land and Resource Management Planning process, the M-KMA includes Parks and Protected Areas where resource extraction is prohibited, and management zones where resource extraction may occur according to higher standards than elsewhere in the province. In this way, world-class integrated resource management and decision-making ensure that resource development and other human activities take place in harmony with wilderness quality, wildlife and the dynamic ecosystems on which they depend.

Key Words: Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, integrated resource management, wildlife, ecosystem

Lead Organization  Muskwa-Kechika Management Area
Regional Focus Northern Rockies
Status  On-going
Website  www.muskwa-kechika.com
Primary Contact  MKMASupport@shaw.ca
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Northeast Air Monitoring Project

Description:  The Northeast Air Quality Monitoring project began due to rising concerns about the possible impacts from oil and gas activity on human and environmental health. The project has been in progress since 2012, and focuses on possible impacts from the oil and gas industry on local populations and the environment. Various articles, reports, and data are available on their website.

Key Words: Air, air quality, assessment,  health, industry, monitoring

Lead Organizations Government of BC – Ministry of Environment, BC Oil and Gas Commission, Oil & Gas Industry
Regional Focus Peace River, Northern Rockies
Status On-going
Website www.bcairquality.ca/readings/northeast.html
Primary Contact Gail Millar, Project Coordinator

Gail.M.Millar@gov.bc.ca,   Office: 250-565-4210

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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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The Point of No Return: The Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada Threatened by Site C Dam

Description: In August 2016, Amnesty International released a report on the human rights violations associated with the Site C dam, “Point of No Return”. The proposed $8 billion plus Site C hydroelectric dam would flood more than 80 km of the river valley, stretching west from Fort St. John, as well as its tributaries. The severe impact on Indigenous peoples is beyond dispute. A joint federal-province environmental impact assessment concluded that the dam would “severely undermine” use of the land, would make fishing unsafe for at least a generation, and would submerge burial grounds and other crucial cultural and historical sites. The report can be found at the link listed below.

Key Words:  Site C, Indigenous rights, West Moberly, Prophet River, BC Hydro

Additional Resources: https://www.amnesty.ca/sites/amnesty/files/Canada%20Site%20C%20Report.pdf

Lead Organization  Amnesty International
Regional Focus  Peace River, Northern Rockies
Status  Complete
Website  www.amnesty.ca
Primary Contact  www.amnesty.ca/contact
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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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Research and Information Needs Assessment to Support Sustainable Watershed Management in Northeast British Columbia

Description: This 2015 report prepared for the province of British Columbia focuses on priority research needs for water research and management in northeastern BC. Baseline monitoring of water quantity and quality along with climate data and making data accessible feature as identified needs. The report recommends prioritizing these needs to bridge gaps between research and resource development and provides details on specific recommendations and additional identified needs.

Key Words:  Water management, research, needs assessment

Additional Resourceshttps://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/docs/tr/TR090.pdf

Lead Organization Province of British Columbia
Regional Focus Northern Rockies, Peace River
Status Complete
Website Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development
Primary Contact https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/organizational-structure/ministries-organizations/ministries/forests-lands-natural-resource-operations-and-rural-development/ministry-contacts
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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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Technical Protocol for the Freshwater Health Assessment

Description: This technical protocol is the assessment tool used for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Watershed Report’s determination of freshwater health. This assessment framework tool draws upon international examples of best practices in the field.

Key Words: Assessment, monitoring, tool, water

Additional Resources: awsassets.wwf.ca/downloads/wwf_freshwater_health_assessment_framework_30112015_1.pdf

Lead Organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Regional Focus Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Northern Rockies, Stikine
Status Complete
Website www.wwf.ca
Primary Contact General Inquiries

ca-panda@wwfcanada.org

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Technical Protocol for the Freshwater Threats Assessment

Description: This technical protocol is the assessment tool used for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Watershed Report’s determination of freshwater threats. This tool uses a broad scale analysis and classification of threats and stresses to freshwater ecosystems.

Key Words: Assessment, health, non-profit, tool, water

Additional Resources: awsassets.wwf.ca/downloads/wwf_fta_methodology_25062015_1.pdf

Lead Organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Regional Focus Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Northern Rockies, Stikine
Status Complete
Website www.wwf.ca
Primary Contact General Inquiries, ca-panda@wwfcanada.org
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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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WWF Watershed Reports

Description: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) created a framework to assess the health of freshwater ecosystems across Canada. They are working to address key questions by completing the first Canada-wide assessment of the country’s watersheds, focussing on four indicators of river health and seven key threats. The WWF has completed Watershed Reports for half of Canada and aims to complete all of them by 2017.

Key Words: Framework, health, management, monitoring, non-profit, watershed, water

Lead Organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada
Regional Focus Peace River, Fraser-Fort George, Northern Rockies, Stikine
Status On-going
Website watershedreports.wwf.ca
Primary Contact James Casey and Mike Ambach

jcasey@wwfcanada.org

 

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Yahey [Blueberry River First Nation] v. British Columbia, 2015

Description: In 2015 the Blueberry River First Nations (BRFN) sought an injunction that would prevent the British Columbia government from proceeding with a planned auction of 15 Timber Sale Licenses. The licenses were to permit logging within BRFN’s traditional territory, contributing to cumulative effects from oil and gas, mining, hydroelectric infrastructure, roads, and agriculture, obstructing BRFN’s ability to exercise treaty rights to hunt, fish and practice other traditional activities. This link provides the docket of the case brought before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Key Words: Blueberry River First Nations, timber licenses, logging, cumulative effects, treaty rights

Lead Organization  Supreme Court of Canada; Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Regional Focus  Northern Rockies
Status  Complete
Website www.canlii.org/en/bc/bcsc/doc/2015/2015bcsc1302/2015bcsc1302.html
Primary Contact  www.canlii.org/en/info/contact.html
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