Caribou Consultation Extended, Liaison Appointed

Due to concerns raised by communities and other stakeholders on the draft caribou recovery agreements, the provincial government has extended the engagement period to May 31, 2019. The Province has also appointed Blair Lekstrom as community liaison to engage residents in the Peace River region. 

Councillor Lekstrom was elected to the City of Dawson Creek council in 2018. His prior elected experience includes service as a three-term MLA, cabinet minister, and Mayor.

The provincial press release advises that Lekstrom will consult with community leaders and local stakeholders on the draft agreements; provide input into the economic impact analysis; and advise the Province on how they can meet their obligations to protect caribou, while also protecting local jobs and communities.

UBCM members have previously endorsed resolutions asking the Province to enter into real consultation with all affected communities on recovery plans for the Southern Mountain Caribou. Members have also asked the Province to consider the socio-economic impacts of potential caribou recovery plans.

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