Early Bird Tickets are available until May 13th.
A booth in the Goods and Services Exhibit can be reserved on the registration site.
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Don’t miss the chance to be part of this experience!
On the unceded, ancestral and shared territory of the Sto:lo People, the 16th annual BCCFA event will be hosted by the Mission Municipal Forest. The municipality is on Kwantlen, Leq’a:mel, Matsqui and Sq’éwlets territories.
Registration is limited to 200, so register now and secure your accommodations. Join us, our members, colleagues, and our government, industry and academic partners, to learn together, and to celebrate the incredible success of our area-based tenures in Indigenous and rural communities. You can expect a rich 3 day experience filled with speakers and dynamic discussions, networking, workshops on key topics,
and opportunities to shape the future priorities of the BCCFA. Special student rates are available.
Wednesday, June 12th
9:00-3:30 Field trip to the Mission Municipal Forest featuring their efforts to operate a working forest, and to collaborate with First Nation interests and the multiple recreational users and overlapping tenures on the land base.
6:00-10:00 Opening Reception and Local Craft Brew Sampling – Welcome from the BCCFA Board and Staff, sponsors and special guests.
Thursday, June 13th
8:30-4:30 The day will include sessions on First Nations partnerships, ecosystem resiliency, adapting to a changing climate, community wildfire protection, community investment cooperatives, news on key government initiatives and informal dialogue sessions for managers and community forest boards.
6:00-10:00 BCCFA Annual Banquet and Awards
Friday, June 14th
8:00-2:00 The day will begin with the BCCFA AGM, followed by a special session on Reconciliation through Education and Understanding where we will host The KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ . The Blanket Exercise is a unique, participatory history lesson – developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators – that fosters truth, understanding, respect and reconciliation among Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples.
Biking in the Fraser Valley
The Mission area is well known for its vast hiking and mountain biking trails. From easy flow to technical there is a growing group of people who will be organizing rides around the conference sessions. Let us know on your registration form if you are interested.
The Mission Tree Farm Licence #26, also known as the Mission Municipal Forest, has been a member of the BCCFA since inception in 2002. It was formed in 1958 as an outcome of the report from Gordon Sloan and the Royal Commission on the Forest Resources of British Columbia of 1945, where there was a recommendation that municipalities manage the local forests. Operating for over 60 years, Mission will share their experiences of addressing the challenges of managing their area based working forest in the lower mainland, access management, recreational interests, educational programming and deepening relations with their First Nations neighbours.