Cumulative Environmental, Community and Health Effects of Multiple Natural Resource Developments in Northern BC: The first of many conversations
On Friday January 10 and Saturday January 11, 2014, a two-day event was held at UNBC, "Cumulative Environmental, Community and Health Effects of Multiple Natural Resource Developments in Northern British Columbia." This event was hosted jointly by three UNBC research institutes: Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute (NRESi), Health Research Institute (HRI) and Community Development Institute (CDI). Through public panels, presentations, and workshops, this event brought together representatives from a number of sectors to engage with community members, policy makers, and researchers. Over the course of the weekend, we were able to work collectively in dialogue towards an integrated understanding of the cumulative environmental, community and health effects of natural resource developments. The event explored cumulative effects from a variety of perspectives, and resulted in the establishment of the Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) in May of 2015.
The NRESi colloquium on Friday January 10 (3:30-4:30) provided a kick-off to this event. On Friday evening, beginning at 7:00, a public panel and discussion brought together representatives from a number of sectors to engage with community members, policy makers, and researchers around this regional concern with global importance.
On Saturday January 11, a full day workshop was offered for participants to reflect on the previous day’s presentations and discussion, and to hear from a range of research, community and other perspectives. We had a strong response to this event with over 100 participants informed by stimulating presentations and engaged in thoughtful discussions. Insights emerging from the workshop will be synthesized to assist in improving and refining our understanding of cumulative effects and related frameworks.
Funding support for this dialogue was provided by the BC Oil and Gas Commission through the UNBC Office of Research. During spring of 2013, the BC Oil and Gas Commission made a contribution to UNBC to be used for seed grants. Disbursement of that donation was managed by the UNBC Office of Research. Most of the funds were allocated to individual research projects in response to an internal call for proposals. The UNBC Vice President Research set aside a small part of those funds for a joint initiative by the University’s three active research institutes: the CDI, the HRI, and the NRESi. The three institutes chose to work collaboratively to begin a conversation on understanding and thinking further about the cumulative impacts of multiple natural resource development projects. This two day event marked the start of that conversation.
Materials arising from this event will continue to be updated. Please see the links and downloads below for more information.
January 10, 2014
NRESi colloquium: “Proposed BC Cumulative Effects Framework”
- 00:00 - Bill McGill, Director, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute
- 06:30 - Allan Lidstone, Director, FLNRO Resource Management Objectives
- 00:00 - Greg Halseth, Director, Community Development Institute
- 03:10 - Margot Parkes, Leadership Council, Health Research Institute
- 10:20 - Edie Frederic, Elder, Lheidli T'enneh First Nation
- 17:50 - Cathy Ulrich, CEO, Northern Health Authority
- 50:50 - Kathy Lewis, Professor, UNBC Ecosystem Science and Management
- 1:28:39 - Chief Ellis Ross, Haisla First Nation
January 10, 2014
- Why I wish I had studied more Economics in University - presented by Kathy Lewis (Professor, UNBC Ecosystem Science & Management)
- Northern Health: The Northern Way of Caring - presented by Cathy Ulrich (CEO, Northern Health)
January 11, 2014
- Cumulative Effects & Impacts: Identifying the Problem - Looking for solutions - presented by Chris Johnson (UNBC Ecosystem Science & Management Program)
- Cumulative Effects and Impacts: Introducing a Community Perspective - presented by Greg Halseth (Community Development Institute)
- Cumulative Effects & Impacts: Perspectives on Health & Wellbeing - presented by Margot Parkes (UNBC Health Research Institute)
- Cumulative effects and impacts: an environmental perspective - presented by Mike Gillingham & Chris Johnson (UNBC Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute)
- BC’s Energy Capital: Cumulative effects in northern BC - presented by Lori Ackerman (Mayor, Fort St. John)