Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Resource Management in Northern BC: A Brief Retrospective & Future Considerations

Wednesday November 21, 2018  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - Smithers, BC

About this presentation

Looking back on the past 20 years of natural resource management in Northern BC, Marsden brings new perspectives on the central role of conflict over major projects and what we can collectively learn and apply for future co-management between First Nations, the two levels of government, and communities. Marsden's perspective is informed by both her masters' thesis on defining meaningful consultation and her 20 years of experience working in a variety of lands and resources roles throughout Northern BC.

About Tara Marsden/Naxginkw. M.A. Political Science, UNBC

Tara Marsden is a member of Gitanyow First Nation, and holds the traditional name Naxginkw. Tara has a Masters Degree in Political Science, and her thesis focused on consultation on land and resource management with Northern BC First Nations. Tara currently holds the position of Wilp Sustainability Director for the Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs, and has previously worked for a number of First Nations, ENGOs, post-secondary institutions and the provincial government. Her areas of interest are: traditional governance, sustainability assessment, recognition and reconciliation, community-driven research, Aboriginal case law, policy development, environmental monitoring and adaptive management, and land use planning. She is also a member of the BC Forest Practices Board. She lives in Hazelton with her two children.

Relevance in Northwest BC

The presentation was originally delivered to the MFLNRORD Community of Practice in June 2018 (Smithers, BC), at the request of their planning committee. The presentation incorporates various natural resource major projects, past and current legislation, and significant aboriginal case law in and affecting Northern BC.