Provincial Water Licenses and Indigenous Communities in British Columbia


GW Solutions has submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to understand the guiding framework provided by provincial water managers in issuing water licenses for indigenous communities. Indigenous communities are welcome to download the entire file from our website as it is too large to send via email. Should you require additional information, please feel free to contact us (gw@gwsolutions.ca).

The FOI documents provide a clear picture of the guidance to Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy (MOE), Ministry of Forest, Lands Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRO), Oil and Gas Commission (OGC), and Front Counter BC (FCBC) on the referrals process for water. This information could be very useful for First Nation Communities, First Nation Organizations, Non-Profit Organizations, and their consultants. Indigenous communities concerned about their water rights will be interested in this document because there are several avenues they can use to influence water authorizations and approvals.

Download the FOI documents here:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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