Re-establishing HAAP (Hunting and Angling Advisory Panel) represents a low-cost-high-impact opportunity for political parties to meaningfully capture the interests of the millions of Canadians who fish and/or hunt by:
- fostering national collaboration and unity on environmental issues
- filling a gap by giving national focus to an important environmental community
- centralizing reliable and credible advice on a broad range of environmental issues from a sustainable use lens
- helping to unpack, integrate, and prioritize complex conservation issues spanning multiple federal agencies
HAAP 2.0 mandate
The new HAAP would discuss issues and opportunities to offer broad advice to the Government of Canada on a range of policies, programs, and activities related to fish and wildlife conservation, especially those specific to fishing and hunting. An overarching objective of the panel should be to help inform the government on the development of an inaugural Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Strategy for Canada, and encourage government promotion of fishing and hunting through the National Hunting, Trapping, and Fishing Heritage Day and other dedicated programs.
HAAP 2.0 scope
The new HAAP would focus on areas of national interest and significance. This would include topics of federal jurisdiction (e.g., migratory birds, some recreational fishing, fish habitat) as well as broader consideration for the development of a strategic and integrated backstop of national support for enhancing the environmental, social, and economic benefits of fishing and hunting across Canada.
HAAP 2.0 membership
Committee membership should be from national and provincial/territorial fishing and hunting organizations with broad ranging interests. Representatives from the affiliate organizations of the NFHC should make up the core of the committee to ensure the inclusion of coast-to-coast-to-coast interests and perspectives. Committee membership should avoid species-specific or other interests with too narrow of a lens on fishing and hunting issues.