Opinion: The province’s version of reconciliation is failing B.C. communities

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Land claims impacting livelihoods, fracturing rural communities. Scott Ellis. First and foremost, the Guide Outfitters Association of BC (GOABC) supports reconciliation with First Nations. Our industry is rooted in First Nations history and remains closely tied to it to this day, with more than 30 First Nations or First Nations people owning guide territories, and […]

BC still trying to help businesses ousted by Aboriginal title, says minister

“A fund was made available to the Tsilhqot’in for property acquisition … but it appears that they weren’t interested in all of the tenures.” The Honourable Murray Rankin  The B.C. government still wants to find a way to compensate Chilcotin guide outfitters displaced by the Tsilhqot’in First Nation court case, says a top cabinet minister, despite problems […]

B.C. NDP refusal to compensate hunting guides sends a chilling message

Vaughn Palmer: In refusing promised compensation, NDP likely acted our of a fear of setting precedents for its secretive plans for Crown land. VICTORIA — While B.C. marked the 10th anniversary of the Tsilhqot’in Aboriginal title case this week, there was grim news for guide outfitters whose livelihoods were put at risk by the landmark […]

BC government won’t compensate business displaced by Aboriginal title

“Reconciliation should not leave people behind.” Scott Ellis While B.C. cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the landmark Tsilhqot’in First Nation court case in Nemaiah Valley on Wednesday, Doug McMann was 50 kilometres away watching his guide outfitting business, and his family’s livelihood, slip away. McMann had just received devastating […]

The NDP’s treasury board rejects principled reconciliation

TNG 10 yr celebration news release

Principled reconciliation must be more than signatures and celebrations. It must heal communities. The NDP has failed to achieve the goal of “principled reconciliation.” As anniversary celebrations are held on Tŝilhqot’in land this week, they serve as a glaring reminder to many that the BC government has unfinished business.  Download the full news release here […]

BCO: A Time for Adaptation

WE FIND OURSELVES in the connected age where the pace of progress is increasing exponentially. Social polarization is rife and, because of it, the hunting environment is changing rapidly. As hunters, we must pay attention, make smart decisions and evolve to adapt and survive. Download the article

Tahltan First Nation Takes Bold Step in Wildlife Management

Tough decisions need to be made in wildlife management.  These decisions must be science-based, rooted in habitat capability and populations objectives. The Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia supports wildlife management that is based upon science and is informed by local and traditional knowledge. Tough decisions need to be made in wildlife management.  These decisions […]

The Cutbanks Conversations: Episode 7

Pandemics, The Grizzly Bear Hunt and managing for change in BC’s Guiding Industry. A Conversation with Scott Ellis – Executive Director of Guide Outfitters of BC.  We discuss Scott Ellis’s history with GOABC and the reasons for its inception in 1966. The history of Guiding in BC as the provinces oldest tourism based business starting […]

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