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Carrier Sekani First Nations/Bulkley Nechako Regional District Wildfire Update Thursday July 27,2017

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Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Ready to Work with B.C.’s New Premier and Cabinet

MEDIA RELEASE     July 21, 2017

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Ready to Work with B.C.’s New Premier and Cabinet

Dakelh Territory, Prince George:  Carrier Sekani Tribal Council is ready to resume working with the new Premier, John Horgan and his newly appointed cabinet as they take their place to serve the people of British Columbia. The new administration have committed themselves to action and setting the respectful standard for the treatment of Indigenous Peoples. John Horgan has emphasized that the time for change is now and that reconciliation is a priority for the NDP government.

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FNHA - Information for Wildfire Evacuees - Communique Eight, Jul 21, 2017

Information for Wildfire Evacuees - Communique Eight, Jul 21, 2017

13 First Nations communities in BC are under evacuation order or alert. Status cards are now available for processing at Kamloops Powwow grounds. Today’s update includes important information for those preparing to return home.

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BC WILDFIRE UPDATE: JULY 19, 2017 - Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

BC WILDFIRE UPDATE: JULY 19, 2017

Posted by Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)

UPDATES:

  • BC’s State of Emergency status has been extended by an additional two weeks (August 2nd)
  • As of Wednesday July 19, 2017, there are 155 wildfires burning across B.C.15 of these fires are threatening communities.
  • 15 First Nations communities are affected by the wildfires
  • The newly sworn-in NDP government will now handle the wildfire situation, it is expected Forest and Lands Minister Doug Donaldson and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser will be the primary file appointees, along with supporting staff in the deputy minister’s council.

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Wildfire News & Information

Keep informed with the developing wildfire situation in BC. Visit the following sites:

Fire Bans and Restrictions

http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp

BC Wildfires 2017: Provincial parks closed due to ‘severe’ wildfire hazard

http://globalnews.ca/news/3585677/bc-wildfires-2017-provincial-parks-closed-due-to-severe-wildfire-hazard/

BC wildfires lead to a number of highway closures

http://globalnews.ca/news/3584584/bc-wildfires-leads-to-a-number-of-highway-closures/

10,000 evacuees and counting: How B.C.'s wildfire fight took a turn for the worse

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-wildfire-100-mile-house-evacuated-1.4197265

'Summer of the fire': Senior climatologist doesn't see B.C. wildfires letting up

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/summer-of-the-fire-senior-climatologist-doesn-t-see-b-c-wildfires-letting-up-1.3495452

B.C Wildfire 2017 Rebuilding Fund Of $100M Unveiled As Blazes Continue

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/07/09/clark-announces-100m-to-help-communities-rebuild-as-wildfires-b_a_23022787/?utm_source=spotim&utm_medium=spotim_recirculation&spotim_referrer=recirculation

BC Wildfires 2017: Residents Recount Watching Their Homes Burn

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/07/09/b-c-wildfires-residents-recount-watching-their-homes-burn_a_23022725/

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CSTC Celebrates National Aboriginal Day & Challenges Canadians to Reflect on 150 Years of Resistance

Media Release

June 20, 2017

Dakelh Territory, Prince George:  The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is celebrating National Aboriginal Day on Wednesday June 21, 2017. Just days away from Canada’s massive celebration of its 150th Anniversary we reflect on this day the historical treatment of Indigenous Peoples and look to the future as Canada endeavors to change flawed and strained relationships.

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Highway of Tears gets 2 new bus routes

More than a decade after First Nations along northern B.C.'s so-called Highway of Tears began pleading for reliable public transportation, two new bus routes have started regular service along Highway 16.

The first of the new B.C. Transit buses set off from Burns Lake early Monday morning, bound for Smithers along a stretch of road notorious for the high numbers of disappearances and murders of Indigenous women in recent decades.

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CSTC Welcomes Agreement between Green Party and NDP to Form a B.C. Provincial Minority Government

MEDIA RELEASE           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           May 30, 2017                                                            

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is pleased that Andrew Weaver, of the B.C. Green Party, and John Horgan, of the NDP, have come together and reached an agreement to combine their parties’ 44 seats and provide BC with a stable minority government.  

http://www.carriersekani.ca/images/docs/2017-05-29_BC_Green_NDP_Agreement.pdf

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Agreement Reached for the 2017 Release Strategy for the Endangered Nechako White Sturgeon

MEDIA RELEASE

MAY 8, 2017

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, the Carrier Sekani First Nations, BC (FLNRO) and Canada (DFO) have reached an agreement for the 2017 Release Strategy for the Endangered Nechako White Sturgeon

Dakelh Territory, Prince George:  The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is pleased that after careful consideration, the CSTC, Carrier Sekani First Nations (CSFNs), the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (CDFO) were able to reach agreement on a mutually acceptable alternative to culling thousands of Nechako White Sturgeon, which have been bred and raised as part of a recovery initiative at the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre in Vanderhoof. All 12,000 fish will be released within days, as initially intended, into the Nechako River.

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Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Opposes the Unnecessary Destruction of Thousands of Endangered Nechako

Media Release, May 3, 2017

Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Opposes the Unnecessary Destruction of Thousands of Endangered Nechako White Sturgeon Juveniles from Nechako Hatchery

Dakelh Territory, Prince George:  The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is extremely disappointed in the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ (FLNRO) planned decision to cull up to 6,000 Nechako White Sturgeon which have been bred and raised as part of a recovery initiative at the Nechako White Sturgeon Conservation Centre in Vanderhoof.

FLNRO has recently informed the CSTC of its intention to halve the number of white sturgeon to be released from the facility in Vanderhoof; from 12,000 to 6,000. As a result, FLNRO is planning to destroy thousands of sturgeon ready to be released to accommodate this rushed decision and alleviate perceived risks of overstocking of the Nechako River.

The CSTC and FLNRO have been engaged in a discussion of options to avoid the cull, which is considered highly culturally inappropriate from the Carrier Sekani perspective. Options have been identified that are scientifically sound, including providing the fish to a commercial aquaculture facility, or stocking them into suitable local lakes in the Nechako watershed, where they could support a fishery. Consideration of these viable options has been obstructed by the inflexibility of the Species at Risk Act permitting that prohibits their use for matters unrelated to recovery; ironically the Act intended to protect the fish requires their destruction.

FLNRO’s purported decision is being made without meaningful and timely consultation with CSTC and the Carrier Sekani First Nations (CSFNs), in the face of CSTC and the CSFNs’ strenuous objection to the cull, and in breach of ss. 8.1(b) and (f) of the Environmental and Socio-Cultural Initiatives Agreement that the CSTC, CSFNs, and Province signed in April 2015.

At this time the CSFNs have engaged in government-to-government negotiations with BC and have requested that the BC government and FLNRO honor our work toward shared decision-making and stewardship. Tribal Chief Teegee states, “unless we agree on an annual rearing and release plan and/or contingency plan, we’re likely to find ourselves in a similar position in coming years, which is unacceptable.”

Nechako River White Sturgeon is listed as an Endangered species under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Following the impoundment, diversion and regulation of the Nechako River, this species has suffered a “recruitment failure” (an insufficient number of juveniles survive to maturity to propagate and sustain the population). The population has declined to the point where extinction is inevitable without human intervention. A multi-party Nechako White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (NWSRI) has worked for several decades in an effort to reverse the declining population trend and save the species.

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First Nations Fisheries Council Communiqué

The First Nations Fisheries Council of British Columbia works to implement the BC First Nations Fisheries Action Plan, a foundation for First Nations to seek increasing shares in the BC fishery and greater involvement in fisheries management and decision making. We work with BC First Nations to protect, reconcile and advance Aboriginal Title and Rights and Treaty Rights related to the health and protection of fish and aquatic resources and access for food, social, cultural and economic purposes.

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Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Calls for the Resignation of Conservative Senator Lynn Beyak

Friday April 7, 2017

Media Release

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council’s (CSTC) Tribal Chief Terry Teegee calls for the resignation of the Hon. Lynn Beyak as a member of the Senate of Canada following repeated statements by the Senator defending the Indian Residential School system.

Even though Senator Beyak has traced her origins to northwestern Ontario, a region with deep racial divides, and has mentioned her previous proximity with First Nations she cannot directly know the pain and suffering endured over generations despite her assertions. Her position in the highest levels of government is being used as a platform to express and spread misguided information about Indigenous peoples. She has publicly refused to meet with experts to be educated on this issue and, to this day, has refused to step down from her position as a member of the Senate of Canada despite the upswell of voices demanding action. It is clear that Senator Beyak refuses to accept responsibility for the welfare of all of her constituents, and more widely, the many vulnerable peoples within Canada’s jurisdiction.

The Government of Canada has recognized that “the policy of assimilation was wrong, has caused great harm, and has no place in our country.” This great harm will continue to impact Canada’s Indigenous people, and Canadian society, far into the future. Senator Beyak has been dismissive of this fact with her comments and we cannot trust her to work in the best interests of First Nations. Even though she has been removed from The Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples her lack of knowledge and compassion will have wide reaching impacts in other areas of Canadian politics. If she cannot take the time to learn and understand her constituents, especially when they offer her the opportunity, she cannot adequately represent all those under her jurisdiction and beyond. Her actions and decisions will put at risk the hard work currently underway, advancing reconciliation and the renewal of the nation-to-nation relationship between the governments of Canada and Indigenous peoples.

Tribal Chief Terry Teegee states, “We need politicians and employees at all levels of government to be well-informed, coherent and passionate about the issues affecting the welfare of the people whose very lives are dependent on them. Senator Beyak’s outright refusal to listen to alternate perspectives and only focus on those voices who praise and agree with her demonstrates her political failure and we are seeking her resignation.”

In this region LeJac Residential School was one of 130 boarding schools for First Nations children and was closed in 1976. Generations of Dakelh, Sekani and Gitxsan were forced to attend this school, and within the wall of this toxic place our young people suffered humiliation, pain, sexual abuse, and for some, their journey ended. Currently many Indigenous peoples are dealing with physical and emotional issues resulting from this multigenerational trauma.

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BC and Carrier Sekani First Nations Sign Pathway Forward Agreement

The Province, the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and seven Carrier Sekani First Nations have completed an agreement that will increase the First Nations’ participation in the forest economy, while setting the stage to advance reconciliation.

Whubats’ut’en Nus Whetee Agreement – the Interim Pathway Forward Agreement – sets out commitments between B.C. and Carrier Sekani First Nations to jointly improve stewardship, business and job opportunities in the forestry sector.

The agreement includes measures to support Carrier Sekani forestry, business development and partnerships, and deeper participation in forest-resource management and environmental stewardship.

Joint initiatives in the agreement will seek to boost the skilled labour force and promote new partnership opportunities between Carrier Sekani and non-Carrier Sekani forestry operators, as well as providing stability and operational predictability on the land base across north-central British Columbia.

The Interim Pathway Forward Agreement also establishes a forum for B.C. and Carrier Sekani First Nations to explore reconciliation approaches. Both will work together to develop the outline of a potential long-term reconciliation agreement that addresses the economic, social, cultural and environmental interests of the First Nations, the role of Canada, and facilitates ongoing reconciliation between the Crown and Carrier Sekani First Nations.

Nadleh Whut’en, Nak’azdli Whut’en, Saik’uz, Stellat’en, Takla Lake, Tl’azt’en, Burns Lake (Ts’il Kaz Koh) First Nations, and the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council are signatories to the Interim Pathway Forward Agreement, which has a one-year term with options for renewal.

The combined traditional territories of the Carrier Sekani First Nations accounts for approximately 78,000 square kilometres (7.8 million hectares) in north-central B.C.

The population of the Carrier Sekani communities is more than 10,000 people living on- and off-reserve, including in Takla Lake, Tachie, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Prince George, and Vancouver.

For more information contact Annette Schroeter, Communications Coordinator, (250)562-6279 ext231

Link to BC Information Bulletin:

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2017ARR0024-001095

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Employment-Opportunities


The CSTC periodically is looking for motivated and skilled people to join our team.  The CSTC is an equal opportunity employer, and we support First Nations applicants.

Reconciliation Table Manager

Full-Time, Term Position (2 years)

Reporting to the table of Chiefs and the Tribal Chief, and the General Manager, the Reconciliation Table Manager is responsible for assisting and guiding the Carrier Sekani First Nations (CSFN) in progress under the “Pathway Forward Agreement (PFA)”, in the following areas:
a. Development of a strategic approach in negotiations and engagement, with clear measurable time lines and goals.
b. Development of a reconciliation framework
c. Development of a decision-making process

Deadline for submissions: Position will be open until filled.

Forestry Table Manager

Full-Time, Term Position (2 years)

Reporting to the table of Chiefs and the Tribal Chief, and the General Manager, the Forestry Table Manager is responsible for assisting and guiding the Carrier Sekani First Nations (CSFN) in progress under the “Pathway Forward Agreement (PFA)”, in the following Forestry Sub-Areas:
a. Development of a strategic approach in negotiations and engagement
b. Development of a stewardship framework
c. Development of a decision-making process that is inclusive to community members, Keyoh holders, and hereditary leaders.
d. Tenure opportunities in the territories.
e. Economic development and commercial relations with non-CSFN tenure holders.
f. Forestry-related socio-cultural matters.
g. Oversight of the implementation of the immediate measures set out in Part IV of the PFA.

Deadline for submissions: Position will be open until filled.

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Government-to-Government Negotiations 2014 - 2017

On April 2, 2015 the Carrier Sekani First Nations (CSFN) came to agreement with British Columbia on two ground breaking Agreements, the Collaboration Agreement (CA) and the Environmental and Socio Cultural Initiatives Agreement (ESCIA).

You can find information on the Agreements’ goals, status, and progress in implementation. We will also be providing updates on the Agreements here.

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Referrals Officer Training

The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) has developed a First Nations Referrals Officer Training Program (ROTP) that is focused on assisting First Nations with building capacity to manage referrals and consultation requests regarding natural resource management projects.  This ROTP project was based on work that the BC Aboriginal Mentoring and Training Association (BC AMTA) had started, which is now managed by CSTC.  Funding for delivery of the ROTP have come from:  Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and the Strategic Partnership Initiative (SPI), TransCanada Pipelines, and BC AMTA.

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