Grizzly Bear Foundation Board Member appointed to Minister’s Wildlife Advisory Council

September 14, 2020

We are proud to announce that Grizzly Bear Foundation Board member Douglas Neasloss has been appointed to the Minister's Wildlife Advisory Council by the Honourable Doug Donaldson - BC Minister of Forest, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development. The Minister's Council was established as part of the new Together for Wildlife Strategy for improving wildlife stewardship and habitat conservation in British Columbia. The strategy commits to five goals and twenty-four actions, guided by a collaborative approach that advances reconciliation with Indigenous governments.  

The Grizzly Bear Foundation congratulates Douglas on his new appointment to the Council. This Council will bring together diverse perspectives to advise the Minister on province-wide wildlife and habitat issues and support the implementation of the Together for Wildlife Strategy. We look forward to what will be accomplished for grizzly bears and other wildlife in BC with leaders like Douglas Neasloss on the Council. 

Douglas has been a strong advocate for wildlife in his traditional territory and throughout the Great Bear Rainforest for decades. Currently the Resource Stewardship Director and former Chief Councillor of the Kitasoo/Xai'Xais Nation and Executive Director of the Spirit Bear Research Foundation, Douglas has been integral to many grizzly bear conservation initiatives, including the Coastal First Nations' ban on trophy hunting and the development of a conservation-based economy through ecotourism. 

As a Grizzly Bear Foundation Board member, Douglas has provided vital knowledge, perspective, and guidance to our work, from our initial Board of Inquiry through to our recent Indigenous Roundtables on Grizzly Bear Conservation and Bear Viewing Ecotourism.

"We are very fortunate to have a leader like Douglas guiding our work here at the Grizzly Bear Foundation. His passion for conservation and, in particular, grizzly bears, is inspiring. Our confidence in the Together for Wildlife strategy is bolstered by his membership on the Council. We hope moving forward that the strategy will support a collaborative approach to wildlife management and Indigenous reconciliation through conservation." - Nicholas Scapillati, Executive Director of the Grizzly Bear Foundation

See the Minister’s announcement here

See the final list of 18 Council members here

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