Advocacy

Speak Up for the Issues that Matter to You

The BCWF has more than 41,000 members. B.C. is home to 316,000 PAL holders, 300,000 freshwater anglers, 275,000 saltwater anglers, and 110,000 licensed hunters. The numbers are in our favour. There is strength in those numbers. We are calling our members and supporters to speak out on issues that they care about.

People have been foraging, angling, and hunting to feed themselves for millions of years and time has not diminished our appetite for natural foods. If anything, the modern world has increased our enthusiasm for traditional foodways. But public discourse and government interventions concerning firearms ownership, wildlife management, limitations to public access, and a disregard for our way of life suggest that we have an image problem.

We need to continue to enhance that educational process. BCWF members and member clubs need to educate our Members of Parliament, obviously, but also our friends and neighbours. 

Read our statements and engage with government officials to ensure that our collective voice is heard loud and clear.

Meet Our Advocacy Coordinator

Steve Hamilton is the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s full time Conservation, Hunting, Angling and Firearms Advocacy and Engagement (Advocacy) Coordinator. He has been involved with the B.C. Wildlife Federation in one capacity or another for many years. He has a solid understanding of the Federation and the work we are doing. His role is to connect, engage, and advocate on behalf of our members and clubs on conservation, angling, hunting, and firearms.

Steve is based in Prince George B.C. with his family and has a plethora of education and experiences under his belt, including, but no limited to, a Digital Marketing Certificate, a Diploma in Public Relations through the University of Victoria, VPD and RCMP K9 Training, defensive tactics training, Peace Officer Training, PAL, BC Trappers License, CORE and more! He is an avid outdoorsman, a member of the Spruce City Wildlife Association, and he participates in everything the BCWF stands for.

Advocacy Initiatives

Check the links below for news on the issues that matter to you, our position statements on key topics, and opportunities to engage.

Hunting & Access

You can help change the future of conservation and hunting in B.C. by getting involved. Your actions and your voice matter. Together, we can make a difference and protect the future of conservation and hunting in British Columbia. Let’s collaborate to oppose emotionally charged campaigns and ensure the sustainable coexistence of wildlife and responsible hunting practices.

The best way to add your voice is by becoming a member of the B.C. Wildlife Federation. Learn how to hunt, fish, and enjoy the outdoors sustainably. Engage on issues that you care about.

Angling

In British Columbia, there are 300,000 freshwater fishing license holders and 275,000 saltwater fishing license holders. Entire communities rely on fishing for sustenance. Fishing is a pastime that brings people together and unites generations. Yet, a wave of threats to fish have emerged in B.C. and we need to take action quickly to save our fisheries.

Get Involved

Now is the time to invest, conserve, protect and restore our landscapes and wildlife to stabilize and restore what makes British Columbia special. This requires a commitment from the Province to re-establish British Columbia as a world leader in fish, wildlife and habitat management.

Best Practices for Meeting with Elected Officials

As passionate conservationists, hunters, anglers and outdoor enthusiasts, it is important to voice your concerns to your elected officials on government decisions effecting fish, wildlife and their habitat.

The BCWF has created two “Best Practices” videos to provide information and support to you. The first video outlines how to book and prepare for a meeting. The second video outlines what and how you may want to communicate during your meeting.

Best Practices – Part 1

Best Practices – Part 2