Northwest British Columbia’s communities are in a time of change. Unsustainable resource use is putting pressure on the region’s remaining undeveloped areas and threatening the future of communities. At present, this area is less developed than any other part of the province, its rivers are without dams and largely unpolluted, and it is still rich in natural resources. Compared to other parts of the world, there are many options available to us.
In 1996 a number of northwest First Nations and environmental leaders came together with scientists to form a non-profit organization called the Northwest Institute for Bioregional Research. Board members are from the Hazelton-Smithers area and an advisory council with representatives from throughout the region as well as from a variety of disciplines has been established.