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2020 AGM & Convention

BCWF's First Virtual AGM a Success!

Thank you to all who attended the first virtual B.C. Wildlife Federation Annual General Meeting on July 11, 2020.

All usual AGM protocol was followed to complete the two most urgent resolutions, following. Thanks to the Resolutions and AGM Committees for spearheading the COVID-19 abridged governance process for 2020.

Resolution 2. EMERGENCY FISH CULTURE INTERVENTION FOR INTERIOR FRASER RIVER STEELHEAD

Fisheries 01/20

WHEREAS The projected 2019/2020 returns for steelhead to the Chilcotin and Thompson rivers are 48 and 104 fish respectively, it must be assumed that those numbers represent functional extinction; and

WHEREAS The projected spawning population forecasts for the Chilcotin and Thompson watersheds represent the lowest observed over 49-year and 43-year time frames respectively; and, (following a declining trend for much of the 21st century), and

WHEREAS The currently projected spawning populations are given, by provincial biologists, a 96% chance of being classified in a state of Extreme Conservation Concern for the past five years; and

WHEREAS All recovery options to date have not reversed that alarming trend, and immediate actions are therefore required to save this and future brood years from potential extinction; and

WHEREAS “Emergency Fish Culture Intervention” is identified in the Provincial Steelhead Management Plan for one generation only as a last resort when stocks are at a point of extreme conservation concern and in peril of extinction.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the B.C. Wildlife Federation request provincial and federal fisheries managers to cooperate and immediately implement an “Emergency Fish Culture Intervention” program for Interior Fraser Steelhead as the only current viable option to safeguard the 2019/2020 brood year and future brood years. This measure should be developed in conjunction with input from organizations such as the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Submitted By: Kamloops & District Fish & Game Association

Approved By: Shuswap Region, BCWF

Resolution 15. FIREARMS BUY-BACK PROGRAM WITHDRAWAL

Emergency 01/20

WHEREAS Canada has some of the strictest firearms laws in the world;

WHEREAS Canadian’s who wish to own and use firearms are held to strict standards, including passing mandatory courses, taught by professional firearm instructors, required to demonstrate safe firearm use, and subject to criminal penalties for any infraction of these regulations;

WHEREAS Canadians after completing the rigid tests are subject to criminal investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to determine their fitness to own firearms before being issued a Possession Acquisition License so that they may legally own firearms;

WHEREAS Possession Acquisition License owners are checked on the daily bases in the “continuous eligibility” program of the Firearms Act to ensure compliance;

WHEREAS the firearms community believe there are enough checks at present to allow them to own unrestricted and restricted firearms without increasing firearms laws or regulations;

WHEREAS the intent of the present federal government is to confiscate lawfully owned firearms in a so-called “buy-back” program;

WHEREAS the government has set aside an estimated $250 Million to buy back firearms from legitimate firearms owners;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED That the B.C. Wildlife Federation requests that the Federal Government withdraw this program and spend the required funding on supporting more police activity to counter gang violence, strengthen border security to catch smuggled firearms, and provide federal, provincial, and municipal politicians with greater knowledge of the benefits of lawful firearms ownership.

Submitted By: Firearms Committee & Recreational Sports Shooting Committee, B.C. Wildlife Federation

Approved By: BCWF Board of Directors

Many thanks to Board members Boris Ivanoff, Director and Ken Last, Regional President – Cariboo-Chilcotin for their service and volunteerism to the BCWF. All other Board members opted to return without contest.

64th Annual General Meeting and Convention

Save the Date

Save the Date for our Annual General Meeting and Convention in Nanaimo  from April 1 to 4, 2020! The theme for this year’s convention is The Future of Fisheries.

The BCWF AGM and Convention will be held at the Coast Bastion Hotel and the Vancouver Island Convention Centre. Stay tuned for updates and registration.

See below for the highlights from our 63rd AGM and Convention in Fort St. John.

 

Thank You for Attending the 63rd Annual General Meeting & Convention

We would like to thank the dedicated members, supporters and our sponsors for joining us this year in Fort St. John for the 63rd Annual General Meeting & Convention. Two hundred delegates, direct members and guests from 10 regions of the province spent three days voting on resolutions, conducting business, listening to presentations by industry leaders  and electing the 2019/2020 Board of Directors.

Speaker Presentation

At this year’s AGM & Convention expert speakers presented research and answered questions based on the theme of this year’s AGM, “Predator-Prey Dynamics.” You can now view the speakers presentations on our YouTube channel.

2019 AGM Resolutions

The resolutions from the 2019 AGM & Convention are now available.