The members of the First Nations Ad Hoc Technical Working Group (AHTWG) (see Appendix 4 for profiles of members) on pesticide legislation, policy and consultation have no formal or official status. As the name suggests, this is an ad hoc group. The members agreed to work together to identify issues to move forward discussions in the proposed First Nation regional information workshops on pesticide consultation. The members were hesitant about becoming involved in this initiative since First Nations did not develop it. However, the members decided that some analysis with input from First Nation technicians is better than none.
The Integrated Pest Management branch of the provincial Ministry of Environment (MoE) agreed to support the work of the AHTWG provided it did not turn into a position paper and provided the analysis could be delivered in a very short time frame.
The AHTWG participated in this Issues Analysis based on the following understandings:
- This is an Issues Analysis; it is intended to be used for discussion purposes only.
- It does not represent the views or positions of any First Nations or any First Nations groups or organizations.
- The Issues Analysis is entirely without prejudice to the rights, title and interests of all First Nations individually and collectively.
- The Issues Analysis will not be considered consultation or accommodation with any First Nation or First Nations groups or organizations.
- None of the members of the AHTWG will be presumed to support IPMA legislation, policy or consultation guidelines, nor the process for consultation with First Nations.
- The Issues Analysis must be reported out openly and transparently.