INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Draft Guidelines for First Nations
Integrated Pest Management Act (IPMA) and Regulation (IPMR)
was introduced in December 2004, the provincial government made a
commitment to develop and implement procedures for First Nation
consultation. Appropriate consultation is necessary when industry or
government agencies develop plans for pest management activities
that may potentially adversely impact First Nations' rights or title
As a first
step, the Ministry of Environment has prepared interim draft
guidelines that are now to be used by pest managers as guidance when
First Nations consultation is required. These draft guidelines are
largely based on previous requirements for First Nations
consultation under the former Pesticide Control
interim draft guidelines because the Ministry is commencing a
process to work together with both First Nations and industry to
develop the most appropriate consultation procedures under the
IPMA. The new procedures could result in revised
guidelines, amendments to the IPMR or both.
While the above
process is underway, the Ministry asks that proponents (persons who
prepare Pest Management Plans, and give the Ministry Pesticide Use
Notices or who apply for licenses or permits) use the interim Draft
Guidelines when pest management activities are in areas where a
First Nation asserts aboriginal interests or has treaty rights. The
Ministry will monitor industry use of the guidelines. In instances
where aboriginal interests or treaty rights might be adversely
impacted by pest management activities under the IPMA, the
Ministry will assess the proponent's conduct and fulfillment of the
consultation steps in the guidelines.
PROPOSED PROCESS FOR REVIEW WITH FIRST NATIONS AND
process for finalizing the First Nations consultation procedures is
- In April
2006, letters were sent out to all First Nations and
to industry stakeholders (including holders of permits, licences
and pest management plans) to describe the process.
- May 2006, the Ministry will start communications with First
Nations to ask who would like to be involved in the process and in
what manner (such as through meetings or written comments).
- May -
September 2006, industry proponents will review and use
('test-drive') the Interim Draft Guidelines.
- In October
through December 2006, the Ministry will organize meetings with
First Nations representatives and with industry stakeholders.
- January or
February 2007, it is hoped that revised draft consultation
procedures can be sent out to First Nations and industry
stakeholders for review and comment.
- By April
2007, it is hoped the consultation procedures can be finalized.
Ministry would appreciate comments, particularly in respect of:
- advice on the process described above;
- interest in being involved in developing revised
- initial comments on the enclosed Interim Draft
Guidelines. There will be
additional opportunities to comment in the Fall of 2006.
may be sent by email to the Administrator, Integrated Pest
Management Act at:
Comments may be
sent by mail to the following address:
Administrator, Integrated Pest Management
Ministry of Environment
PO Box 9342 Stn Prov
Victoria B.C. V8W 9M1