RE: Reference Letter 251551, Proposed Regulatory Amendments to Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA), Winter/Spring 2020; and Act Amendment to FRPA Spring 2020
We are writing in response to your letter of November 15, 2019 regarding changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA), and the specific opportunities we see to partner with the Ministry to deliver on the commitments of the current government. We first want to recognize efforts the Ministry made in the summer and fall of 2019 to work with the BC First Nations Forestry Council, and meet with Indigenous communities regarding additional amendments to FRPA.
The letter dated November 15, 2019 sent to First Nations is very technical in nature. Because of this, we would be interested in collaborating with the Ministry on helping First Nations better understand how their input was
incorporated into the proposed regulatory changes to support Bill 21, as well as engage with them on the proposed Act amendments for the Forest and Range Practices Act, in the spring 2020. We would also like to request that the timeline to review, and respond to, Bill 21 regulations be adjusted to afford a reasonable time for review, given that most Nations were closed for at least two weeks over the Christmas holidays.
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