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Environmental Assessments

Report of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development

March 2012 - 41st PARLIAMENT, 1st SESSION.  Mark Warawa, MP. Chair. (PDF. 700 MB)

 


First Nations Perspectives on the BC Environmental Assessment Process For Discussion Purposes

First Nations Perspectives on the BC Environmental Assessment Process For Discussion Purposes (49 KB)

1.First Nations have no Decision Making authority in the process or the result
2.The Decision-Making Criteria under the EAO legislation does not include any mandatory First Nations criteria
3.The 2002 amendments to the BC Environmental Assessment Act removed a legislated role for First Nations from the process
4.The EAO does not measure impacts of a project from an Aboriginal perspective
5.The Executive Director has no authority to accommodate infringements of Aboriginal and treaty rights and Aboriginal title
6.Resources and funding inequities leave First Nations disadvantaged
7.The Working Group format of review is not conducive to a productive discussion of infringements of Aboriginal rights and title
8.The independence of the EAO may be compromised by political interests
9.BC EAO has never rejected a project since its inception in 1995
10.The EA review process in BC is focused on ensuring proper “process”, rather than “substance” of the EA
11.Cumulative Effects Assessment does not address Aboriginal rights and title
12.The time limits in the EA process are too restrictive to allow for government and First Nations to negotiate accommodation of infringements of Aboriginal rights and title