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In the wake of the November 2021 flooding, communities (both local governments and First Nations) have been under pressure to develop recovery plans with varying levels of capacity and resources and with little to no opportunity for collaboration.

Resilient Waters has been supporting the Indigenous-led Emergency Planning Secretariat alongside a group of experts in floodplain management, law, ecology, and systems change with the shared goal of helping B.C.’s flood recovery and resilience planning efforts to achieve the best possible outcomes since late 2021. See more on our expert group below.

Build Back Better Together Forum: On July 14th, 2022 we hosted a forum bringing together Lower Fraser First Nations, Local Governments, and many provincial and federal ministries to advocate for a place-based, locally empowered Building Back Better Together approach. We were joined by 108 in person and 50 online participants.

Read the Forum Report published on September 9th and Executive Summary


Agassiz Harrison Observer

Vancouver Sun

Global News

July 14 Forum Information Package including Presentation Slides, Briefing Note, and Agenda

Below is a recording of an information session from June 27th to provide an introduction to the initiative.

Recovery: About Us
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Build Back Better Together for Lower Fraser - June 27th Info Session

Build Back Better Together for Lower Fraser - June 27th Info Session

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We are a collaborative group of B.C.-based organizations and experts with the shared goal of helping B.C.’s flood recovery and management efforts achieve the best possible outcomes. We offer support from a diverse range of interests, experience and networks, including Indigenous groups, conservationists, farmers, environmental legal specialists, researchers and natural resource professionals.

We hope to see B.C. move towards a more holistic, collaborative, and just approach to flood recovery and resilience that benefits people and other species, like salmon.

Organizations include: 

  • Emergency Planning Secretariat (Indigenous-led)

  • UBC Coastal Adaptation Lab, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

  • West Coast Environmental Law

  • Ebbwater Consulting

  • Sto:lo Tribal Council

  • Watershed Watch Salmon Society

  • Resilient Waters Project

  • Farmland Advantage

  • Kerr Wood Leidal Consulting Engineers

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