May 21, 2014
Confused about the various Forums taking place around Howe Sound? Here is a quick explanation. Want to participate? Stay connected to Future of Howe Sound for notices.
Howe Sound Community Forum:
Who: Local government forum Established in 2002. Members: Squamish Nation – District of West Vancouver – Village of Lions Bay – Town of Gibsons – Resort Municipality of Whistler – Village of Pemberton – Bowen Island Municipality – Gambier Island Local Trust – District of Squamish – Metro Vancouver – Sunshine Coast Regional District -Squamish Lillooet Regional District
Organization: Not a decision making body. Participants are elected government officials and invited staff. Meetings are not closed to observers. Forums are funded by hosting community on a rotating basis.
Guiding document: PRINCIPLES_OF_COOPERATION_ SEPT_25_2013
Frequency of meeting: minimum twice a year or more frequently as needed.
Purpose: “To provide a forum for local governments, Regional Districts and First Nations discussion to maintain and enhance the economic, environmental, cultural and social well being of the Howe Sound for the benefit of present and future generations.”
Future of Howe Sound Forum:
Who: Future of Howe Sound Society established in 2010.
Organization: Registered Society. Refer to www.futureofhowesound.org members. Executive Director Ruth Simons. Forum was funded by Future of Howe Sound Society
Purpose: “Committed to conservation and stewardship of Howe Sound for current and future generations.”
Guiding Document: Constitution Future of Howe Sound Society. “to encourage community participation in developing an integrated planning approach for the Howe Sound region involving local communities, First Nations, local, regional, provincial and federal governments and other interested parties; To provide a community forum for the discussion of development and planning proposals in the Howe Sound region”
Frequency of meetings: Invitations were extended to representatives of stakeholder groups and First Nations from around Howe Sound. Forum held April 13, 2013 kicked off the comprehensive management planning by exploring common values and how to protect those values in planning. Meetings are ad-hoc with the purpose of engaging stakeholders groups in comprehensive management planning and issues relating to Howe Sound.
Howe Sound Aquatic Forum:
Who: Stephen Foster, Howe Sound Campaign Lead for the David Suzuki Foundation
Purpose: Howe Sound Aquatic Forum purpose “To explore planning options and identify priority actions for the Howe Sound aquatic environment.”
Guiding Document: Refer to materials provided for Aquatic Forum.
Frequency of meetings: Invitations were extended to representatives of stakeholder groups and First Nations from around Howe Sound. Forum held April 12, 2014 explored various planning options and actions focused on the aquatic environment. Meetings are ad-hoc with the purpose of engaging stakeholders groups in comprehensive management planning and issues relating to Howe Sound aquatic environment.