LINCOLN, ON (May 17, 2017) – Today, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority (NPCA) unanimously approved an amendment to the Community Liasion Advisory Committee (CLAC) Terms or Reference to appoint a member of the Métis Nation at their Board of Directors Meeting.
The Community Liasion Advisory Committee was formed as a result of the 2014-2017 NPCA Strategic Plan. Within the parameter of “Transparent Governance & Enhanced Accountability,” the NPCA will “Expand public participation to support NPCA governance via the establishment of a Community Liaison Advisory Committee (environment, agriculture, landowners, development, industry, volunteer sectors). The mandate of the Community Liaison Advisory Committee is “To provide collaborative local perspective, guidance and expert advice on the implementation of NPCA’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan and other issues as the Board may request.”
"Over the past four months, we've committed to listening to all our partner's voices. The addition of a member of the Métis Nation is a direct result of those meaningful conversations", stated Sandy Annunziata, Chair of the NPCA Board of Directors. "Expanding our sector representation to include our Métis partners allows for continuous dialogue and creates opportunities that will help strengthen our relationship."
"The Métis Nation is honoured to be moving forward with a relationship with the NPCA," stated Derrick Pont, President of the Niagara Region Métis Council following a delegation to the to the Board of Directors today. "We look forward to adding our voice to the Community Liasion Advisory Committee"
Conservation Authorities, created in 1946 by an Act of the Provincial Legislature, are mandated to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources through programs that balance human, environmental and economic needs. The NPCA was established on April 30, 1959, under the Conservation Authorities Act, and serves approximately half a million people in the Niagara Peninsula Watershed, encompassing the entire Niagara Region and portions of the City of Hamilton and Haldimand County. The NPCA manages the impact of human activities, urban growth, and rural activities on the watershed.