We were in Victoria this past week to meet with various government officials about deactivation concerns, ORV licensing and Indigenous Protected Conservation Areas. We were joined by fellow members of the BC Power Sports Coalition, along with our friends at the 4wheel drive association of BC to share our united concerns on the lack of clarity on the process for declaring an IPCA and what this means for both indigenous communities and the recreational users amongst our organizations.

In our meeting with Minister Cullen, Water Lands, Resource Stewardship. Our group shared that we are encountering self declared IPCA’s more often but that we can find no guidance on what this means, we don’t have reliable resources to share with our members, and requested clarity in the process for how they will become established.

We requested that Government provide resources on their website to educate the public about IPCA’s to at the very least provide clear communication and establish a trusted resource for information for our members.

Minister Cullen was respectful to our groups, was knowledgeable about our work, and was supportive of working with us to provide better clarity on IPCA’s moving forward. He recognized us in the House during Question Period for the work we do.

Left to Right: Peter Sprague BCORMA, Kristin Parsons ATVBC, Minister Cullen, Water Lands Natural Resources (WLRS), Donegal Wilson BCSnowFed, Chris D’Silva ATVBC, Kim Reeves 4WDABC.

In our 2nd meeting of the day we were invited to present to the BC United Caucus. Conversation was focused on providing a background on each of our Associations followed by an open Q&A.   We presented our current projects including a focus on deactivation policies and procedures and the ORV access into communities through MV1815 permits and local bylaws project (ORV Licensing). All members in attendance had some level of motorized sport background, and all saw the value of having this opportunity in rural communities to address accessibility, safety and tourism. We discussed the systematic deactivation of access roads and the policy around the level of deactivation.

Tom Shyptika recognized us in the House during the Question Period for the work we do. So, we were mentioned twice.

Left to Right:

Back Row: MLA Lorne Doerkson-Cariboo Chilcotin (Shadow Minister to Cullen), MLA Norm Letnik-Kelowna Lake Country, MLA Greg Kyllo – Shuswap, MLA Tom Shypitka-Kootenay East, MLA Coralee Oakes-Cariboo North, MLA Ben Stewart-Kelowna West (Shadow Minister to Tourism)

Front Row:  Chris D’Silva ATVBC, Kristin Parsons ATVBC, Peter Sprague BCORMA, Kim Reeves 4WDABC,  Donegal Wilson BCSnowFed

Unexpected honour

We were unaware until our arrival in Victoria, that we were going to be onsite for a historic haida announcement in the legislature. During our time between meetings, we were able to witness some of the celebrations in the Rotunda and as guests of Minister Cullen we were invited to attend Question Period where we witnessed the historic Haida agreement come to government for first reading along with a myriad of indigenous speakers and dedications.

During our time in Victoria, we also worked on building relationships with our sister organizations BC Snowmobile Federation, BCORMA and 4WDABC.  Overall, the day was good with a lot of touchpoints with several MLA’s.  This trip was really about showing a united front on an important concern and a focus on information gathering and relationship building.  It is clear going into this next election, that all members are seeking our support and input.

Extra Adventure

As we were left with a bit of an open day on Tuesday in Victoria due to 2 meeting cancellations, we took the opportunity to drive out to the location of our upcoming AGM/Jamboree at Lake town Ranch and take some pics of the venue and meet the owners. This was very informative as we got a better sense of the location and how we can setup to make it a big success. The community is excited to see this event come to the island and we know this location will be a perfect fit for all our members needs!

If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time to book your spot for our upcoming Annual ATVBC Poker Ride in Princeton BC. Space is filling fast and we have so many great activities planned for this years event including one day safety operator training courses (Only 6 spots left), daily guided rides, nightly entertainment and of course the famous “Poker Ride” event with lots of great prizes from our amazing sponsors including door prizes, silent auction and new this year we are raffling off a brand new KITT Utility Trailer!!

If you can’t make it work to share your July long weekend with us, we understand, but all the more reason to join us for our other big event of the year the ATVBC Annual General Meeting and Jamboree. This event is happening on Vancouver Island this year from Sept 19-23rd with daily guided rides, entertainment, activities for all ages including skill building workshops, demos and the famous ice cream parade!! Registration for this event will be opening on May 1st so make sure to book your spot before we sell out.

Lastly, I want to recognize that it was Volunteer Appreciation Month in April and we really would not exist if it was not for the hard work, dedication and commitment of our amazing volunteers. From our 15 member board of directors to our 43 clubs with over 243 volunteers helping to run their operations to keep ATV riding in BC alive, I commend you all for this amazing commitment. Thank you!!

See you on the trails,

Kristin