A thought provoking report and a look at future directions for our province.“According to the newly released BC Flood and Wildfire Review, we have entered an era of a “new normal” in climate conditions. This brings new challenges that require creative solutions to manage all resource values and public safety while addressing the environmental, social and economic aspects of natural resource management. Solutions that reduce wildfire risks, while limiting carbon emissions and supporting carbon storage, will be most beneficial in the long term.”Kootenay wildfire Call to Action
April 30, 2018
The Honourable John Horgan, M.L.A.
Premier of British Columbia
We are pleased to submit this report detailing the findings and recommendations from our independent review of British Columbia’s unprecedented flood and wildfire 2017 season. We have been very honoured to serve as co-chairs for this significant undertaking, critical to mitigating the future impact of wildfires and flooding on BC’s communities and landscape.
Beyond exploring the overall context for the devastating events, this report includes highlights from a robust series of public engagement sessions that took place in winter 2018, as well as a series of recommendations. Many of the recommendations we are making align with those made by individuals, organizations and the many First Nations communities that were directly impacted. Their valued contributions, perspective and willingness to share were central to our recommendations. At all stages of our work, we experienced a true willingness on the part of all British Columbians to collaborate in improving emergency management in our province.
The challenges faced in 2017 may not have been an anomaly, but a strong indication of a new normal our province and planet now face due to the unpredictable and increasingly volatile impacts of climate change. Moreover, the strength of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the commitments outlined in your Ministerial mandate elevates the voices and positions of Indigenous Peoples. This report presents many opportunities for your Government to engage in true Nation-to-Nation relationships with the First Peoples of the province.
Given this new reality, it is imperative the Government of British Columbia take immediate steps to begin addressing the issues raised in this report. To this end, many of our recommendations include practical solutions that can be readily implemented in the days, months and years ahead.
Chief Maureen Chapman
The drum reminds us of the heartbeat of our ancestors and the heartbeat of our generations yet to be born. Mother Nature also has a heartbeat and we must listen to her as we listen to the drum. She is reminding us of the interconnectedness of all things: sun and moon, earth and sky, animals and humans, fire and water.
Elder Charlotte Manuel, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc