PITT MEADOWS, BC – After being elected to sit on the Executive Board of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) for the Vancouver Metro Area, Councillor David Murray of Pitt Meadows City Council has been named to the Environment and First Nations Relations Committees.
“The work Pitt Meadows is doing to address environmental concerns and build and grow our relationship with the Katzie First Nation are a good fit for my role on these committees,” said Councillor Murray.
“This gives Pitt Meadows the opportunity to have an impact on these issues regionally.”
UBCM is a union of BC municipalities formed to provide a common voice for local government to other levels of government and other organizations involved in local affairs. UBCM initiates, monitors, interprets and reacts where senior government policy changes could have an effect on local governments and the communities they serve.
The Environment Committee represents local government in developing environmental policy at the federal and provincial level, and evaluates policy as it relates to community sustainability and community planning. The Committee also advocates changes in federal and provincial environmental policy to assist local government in solving environmental concerns at the local level and promotes and shares information on solutions to environmental problems which local governments have implemented.
The First Nations Relations Committee oversees all policy development work related to Aboriginal issues, including treaty negotiations, self-government and taxation. The Committee's key role is to focus on relationship building between First Nation and local governments through best practices and initiatives such as the Community to Community Forum program.
More information on UBCM and the work they do to support BC communities can be found at ubcm.ca.