Species at Risk Act (SARA) Consultation, Cooperation and Accommodation Project in British Columbia
The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER) is partnering with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) on a Species At Risk Act (SARA) Consultation, Cooperation, and Accommodation Project in British Columbia. This page will be updated with resources as they become available (e.g. workshop recordings, supporting materials, key links).
Project Overview This one-year project will facilitate Indigenous communities’ and organizations’ participation in federal recovery planning for seven terrestrial Species at Risk: Grizzly Bear, Southern Mountain Caribou, Bank Swallow, Western Screech-Owl, Oregon Forestsnail, American Badger, and Marbled Murrelet. CIER will support Indigenous communities and organizations and ECCC in their collaborative work including: recovery document development, knowledge and language sharing, and land use planning for species at risk on reserve lands. Key project components
Consultation and Cooperation sessions (January – March 2021)
Modest capacity funding (Call for expressions of interest closes February 15th, 2021)
Project evaluation report: outcomes, successes, challenges, needs assessment and recommendations for project extension
#1: Consultation and Cooperation Sessions January: One full day online workshop* that will cover high-level discussion on recovery planning for Southern Mountain Caribou, Grizzly Bear, Bank Swallow, Western Screech-Owl (two sub-species), Oregon Forestsnail, American Badger, and Marbled Murrelet. February:
Six regional half-day workshops focused on Southern Mountain Caribou recovery planning
Individual community meetings focused on Grizzly Bear recovery planning
Workshops, or meetings, on the other species listed above. To be determined based on feedback from January session and/or individual requests
March: Half-day workshop* for land-use decision makers, resource managers, land managers focused on planning and managing for Species at Risk on reserve lands (*Note: Depending on interest and availability of participants, individual workshops may be repeated) #2 Modest capacity funding Funding will be provided for:
Communities and organizations to participate in February single species sessions
Invited guests to present at land-use and SARA session in March
Indigenous communities and organizations to undertake targeted work with a focus on the species mentioned above (e.g., Indigenous knowledge and language work, surveys and mapping, conservation planning and project proposal development, community engagement, equipment and training). ECCC and the National Aboriginal Council on Species at Risk (NACOSAR) will review expressions of interest for this funding.
Link to expression of interest form. Closes February 15th, 2021. Enquiries can be directed to: Danielle.Prevost@Canada.ca