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LFFC Statement on Release of the BC Flood Strategy

On March 21st, the Ministry of Water, Lands, and Resource Stewardship released the BC Flood Strategy. Here's our statement in response.

Lower Fraser Floodplains Forum - June 9th 2023: Our third forum brought together leadership and senior staff from 20 local governments, 14 First Nations, 2 regional governments, many provincial and federal agencies including Minister of EMCR (Ma), and Agriculture Associations to talk about opportunities, priorities, and next steps for regional collaboration on flood resilience.

Read the Full Forum Report, Executive Summary, or watch a recording of the event below


The Lower Fraser Floodplains Coalition (formerly Build Back Better Together Collaborative) is a group of experts working alongside the Indigenous-led Emergency Planning Secretariat. Our expertise ranges from floodplain management, law, ecology, and systems change with the shared goal to work towards a more principled and collaborative approach to flood resilience for the Lower Mainland.

5 Guiding Principles (Learn More):
1) Reduce risk and adapting to climate change
2) Advance reconciliation
3) Help salmon and ecosystems where they live to thrive
4) Support sustainable economies and resilient communities into the future
5) Ensure everyone is part of the solution

3 Action Areas:
1) Advocate for systemic change to the flood management paradigm
2) Convene people from across the Lower Fraser to build collaborative capacity and shared learning
3) Catalyze multi-stakeholder and multi-beneficial projects through supporting community leaders

Farmer First Nations Forum - February 14th, 2023: A gathering of 8 Ag Associations and 8 First Nations discussed their shared values and priorities for reducing flood risk. Read the report

Build Back Better Together Forum July 14th, 2022 - 
Forum Report and Executive Summary

Recording of the Lower Fraser Floodplains Forum from June 9th, 2023


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

  • Floodplains by Design

  • Kerr Wood Leidal Consulting Engineers


CBC Early Edition - November 14, 2023Sto:lo Nation reflects on Fraser Valley floods, two years later

Abby News - June 29, 2023 - Leaders of Lower Fraser River chart path for flood management, resilience

CBC The Current - November 25, 2021 - How Floods - and how we fight them - affect salmon

Chilliwack Progress - December 8, 2021 - Indigenous-led action plan focused on flood management for entire Lower Mainland

Vancouver Sun - May 5, 2022 - Why B.C. can't always build its way out of risks

CBC On the Coast - June 14, 2022 - Stó:lō Tribal Council Chief Tyrone McNeil joins us to discuss the Abbotsford long-term flood mitigation and the work that's needed for the region.

CBC - June 12 2022 - Rebuild or retreat? B.C. communities face tough choices after catastrophic floods

Vancouver Sun - July 13, 2022 Local governments, First Nations on lower Fraser seek regional flood strategy

Agassiz Harrison Observer - July 15, 2022 - Flood recovery forum in Abbotsford focused on ‘breaking down silos’

Narwhal - September 12, 2022 - Restoring salmon habitat could help B.C.’s flood problems

APTN - October 27, 2022 - Senate report on B.C. flooding outlines flood mitigation and infrastructure issues

Narwhal - November 14, 2022 - More dikes and bigger dams could be a multi-billion dollar mistake: here’s how B.C. could ‘build back better’

Vancouver Sun - November 30, 2022 - Still no pathway to fund $165 million flood mitigation plan in hard-hit Merritt

Tyee - December 2, 2022 - First Nations Want Overhaul of Emergency Planning and Response

Times Colonist - December 8, 2022 - Premier David Eby creates new ministry to make sure B.C. is 'ready to go' for next disaster

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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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Recording of June 27th, 2022 Information Session on Build Back Better Together


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