Local Governments

Rob works with leading firm Lidstone & Company on behalf of Local Governments to advance reconciliation with First Nations. This often includes the negotiation of win-win agreements between local government and First Nations on servicing and critical infrastructure needs.

Examples of Clients

Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance

The Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance (RBA), represents 21 local governments from Vanderhoof to Masset, was formed in 2014 to advocate for the infrastructure needs of their communities and negotiate a funding agreement with the provincial government.

Rob worked with RBA local governments to negotiate with the province on their behalf in order to come to an agreement that ensures major project revenue goes back into the Northwest communities where they operate.

Projects

Where Rob Came in

  • Developed the strategy and assembled the team
  • Negotiated with the province to successfully secure $100 million during first phase

The Northwest Resource Benefits Alliance talks about the need for resource benefits sharing for their communities in this video shown at the 2017 North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) Convention. Produced by Munro/Thompson.

Media Coverage

Globe and Mail

August 17, 2015 – The indirect cost of workers commuting to energy-sector jobs has prompted 21 local governments in British Columbia’s northwest to band together and press the province for a greater share of project revenues.

Regional leaders sign resource benefits MOU

BC Local News

August 17, 2015 – Representatives from 21 municipalities and regional districts encompassing Haida Gwaii to Vanderhoof gathered in Terrace on Aug. 15 to formalize the Northwest Resource Benefits Alliance.

North Coast municipalities bring revenue sharing fight to Province of B.C.

The Northern View

April 28, 2017 – The North Coast Regional District and its encompassed municipalities are joining the fight against the province to bring benefits created by industry in northwest communities back to those same communities.

Province announces $100-million grant funding for Northwest communities

Terrace Standard

February 16, 2019 – B.C. Premier John Horgan announced $100 million grant for Northwest communities in Terrace on Feb. 16. The Northern Capital and Planning Grant will go to 22 municipalities and four regional districts including Fraser Fort George, Bulkley Nechako, Kitimat-Stikine and North Coast to address long-standing infrastructure needs that could not keep up with resource development.

News Releases

Northwest BC Local Governments Form Alliance to Negotiate Revenue Share Worth Billions

New poll results find Northwest B.C. residents want a revenue sharing agreement

RBA Leaders meet with Premier Horgan to Start Revenue Sharing Agreement

District of Hudson’s Hope

No other community in the province will be as impacted by Site C to the extent that Hudson’s Hope will. Rob worked closely with then Mayor Johansson to ensure that the interests of Hudson’s Hope were front and centre when dealing with the substantial negative impacts of Site C on the community.

Part of this work included working with Hudson’s Hope Council and community members to identify the adverse impacts on the community and negotiate with BC Hydro to secure compensation and mitigation measures.

Projects

Community measures
agreement for Site C

  • Figure out what negative impacts Hudson’s Hope would experience as a result of Site C
  • Defend the interests of Hudson’s Hope and make sure the impacts were mitigated or compensated by the provincial government.

Mayor Johansson speaking to media in Vancouver, BC.

Media Coverage

Peace Country Mayor Calls on B.C. to Refer Site C Dam Decision to Independent Regulator

The Narwhal

July 10, 2014 – With a provincial decision on the Site C dam expected in September, the District of Hudson’s Hope is calling on B.C. Premier Christy Clark to refer the Site C dam project for review by the B.C. Utilities Commission (BCUC).

Site C Dam threatens BC’s credit rating: Hudson’s Hope Mayor, Council

Common Sense Canadian

July 15, 2014 –

Dear Premier Clark,

Re: British Columbia Utilities Commission Review of Proposed Site C Dam Project

I am writing to urgently request that you refer the proposed Site C Dam Project to the British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) for further review of project costs, alternatives to Site C, and related issues prior to making a decision on this project.

Toxic Landslides Raise Alarms about Fracking, Site C

The Tyee

June 6, 2016 – Almost two years after slides began carrying heavy metals into creeks, few answers. Toxic heavy metals including arsenic, barium, cadmium, lithium, and lead are flowing into the Peace River following a series of unusual landslides that may be linked to natural gas industry fracking operations.

Documents

Site C Poses
Threat to British
Columbia’s Triple-A
Credit Rating

Backgrounder
on Urban Systems
Site C Report

 

First Nations Reconciliation

Rob worked with the City of Chilliwack to ensure that a win-win balance is achieved between the City’s interests and those of First Nations within Chilliwack municipal boundaries.

A major new opportunity for First Nations Reconciliation is the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association’s treaty agreement.

Urban treaties are both a benefit to First Nations involved and address in a meaningful way the interests of municipalities in which they’re located.

Projects

Where Rob came in:

  • Worked with the City of Chilliwack and First Nations with reserves within the City’s boundaries to achieve win-win agreements on servicing and critical infrastructure needs
  • Worked with the City of Chilliwack to support reconciliation and ensure that its interests were properly represented in the process

Media Coverage

First Nations, federal and B.C. provincial governments sign new treaty agreement

CBC

The British Columbia government says a new agreement between a group of Indigenous people and the provincial and federal governments is…

Documents

Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw, B.C., Canada move forward on major treaty innovations