Canada supports the goals of the European Union's forestry trade rules, Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says, after a leaked letter recently revealed the country's efforts to water down proposed regulations right before the United Nations' global biodiversity conference kicks off in Montreal.
British Columbia introduced an Indigenous reconciliation plan on Wednesday, March 30, 2022, that sets goals toward implementing its law on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Despite the rapidly escalating need to protect B.C.'s ecological communities, the tools granted to the Islands Trust to protect them are a fraction of what has been granted to the province's municipalities.
The provincial government announced Tuesday that an independent panel of scientific experts has mapped priority areas and it's asking First Nations to decide within 30 days whether they support the deferrals or require further discussion.