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9th March 2023
Province Seeking Feedback on Watershed Security Strategy Intentions Paper Co-Developed with First Nations

By Jeff Blagden
Mar 6, 2023 1:58 PM

Feedback is being sought on a new intentions paper as the province continues work to develop a Watershed Security Strategy.

Co-developed alongside the BC First Nations Water Table, the paper outlines the strategy’s possible policy priorities.

Made up of both government representatives and First Nations delegates, the Table began work on the intentions paper last June.

That came after an initial public engagement period on the strategy, which wrapped up last March, and is reflected in the paper.

It breaks several directives down into five primary policy priorities.

Among those are: pursuing legislative changes consistent with UNDRIP, building a strong foundation of science and Indigenous knowledge, applying more holistic approaches, and balancing water supply and demand.

Budget 2023 included a record $100 million investment in the Watershed Security Fund.

But it also formalized the Table’s role in co-managing the funding and co-developing the strategy.

You can follow this link to submit your feedback and to read the paper in its entirety.