It is with very heavy hearts that we share the news of the unexpected and sudden passing of our good friend, and Region 7a BCMANR Captain, Darcy Hohnisch. He was a strong voice at the Captains table, and for the Nation, for over a decade.
Darcy was passionate about the environment and wildlife issues, spending a lot of his time at his cabin and on his trapline in the Omineca region. He was an advocate for changing current forestry practices to ensure the diverse habitats and ecosystems in BC remained healthy for wildlife and cultural practices for future generations. He generously shared his knowledge with others, keeping the Métis spirit, and ways of being, alive. He was a respected Métis trapper and educated people about this practice, leading various beaver and mink skinning demonstrations, sharing his furs and experiences along the way. Although quiet in these big group settings, his presence always drew in the crowds. He advocated for healthy forests, sustainable forestry practices, species at risk, more meaningful youth involvement, cleaner waterways, and so much more. He also recently took part in the MNBC Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) and was an active member of the BC Trappers Association. His passion for the land was unmistakable and he dedicated so much of his time into ensuring it was protected. We will deeply miss his colourful stories, his unique perspectives, and his solution focused way of being.
Although we have lost a dear friend, and a highly respected Métis knowledge holder, we know his legacy will live on through the fond memories, lessons, and inspiration we gained from his wisdom and presence in our lives. Our thoughts are with his beautiful wife, children, grandchildren, and all those who loved him, during these difficult times. Rest in peace, Darcy.
The British Columbia Métis Assembly of Natural Resources and Ministry of Environmental Protection & Métis Rights.