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Caribou engagement sessions set for Prince George, Mackenzie, Cariboo

Caribou in the Klinse-za maternal pen near Chetwynd, B.C., in June 2015. Tristan Brand photo.
Caribou in the Klinse-za maternal pen near Chetwynd, B.C., in June 2015. Tristan Brand photo

Members of the public are invited to attend community engagement sessions to provide their feedback on two draft agreements to conserve southern mountain caribou populations.

The two draft agreements have been developed under section 11 of the federal Species at Risk Act. A draft section 11 agreement between British Columbia and Canada sets a framework for co-operation between the two governments to recover southern mountain caribou.

A draft partnership agreement between B.C., Canada, West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations proposes specific habitat protection and restoration measures to recover the central group herds of southern mountain caribou.

Staff from the provincial and federal governments will share information about the draft agreements and will be available to answer questions. Staff from the Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations will attend the sessions in Prince George and Mackenzie.

Feedback collected from these sessions will help inform the final agreements. The community engagement sessions are scheduled as follows:

Williams Lake: Monday, April 8, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex (Gibraltar Room)

Prince George: Tuesday, April 9, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Prince George Civic Centre (Auditorium)

Mackenzie: Wednesday, April 10, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Mackenzie Recreation Centre

Quesnel: Thursday, April 11, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Quesnel and District Seniors’ Centre (Main Hall)

Overviews of the draft agreements, a feedback form, maps and general information, are available online: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/caribou/section11agreement/

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