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Friday, January 23, 2015
Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad, the B.C. minister responsible for aboriginal relations, is doing his best Cool Hand Luke impersonation these days. Any flare up of anger or frustration from B.C. First Nations directed towards the provincial government is greeted with the classic line from the movie: "what we have here is a failure to communicate."
Rustad's efforts to engage First Nations across B.C. are commendable and a vast improvement over the treatment the aboriginal community received from previous provincial governments on both sides of the political fence. If language and words hold any value, Rustad has taken some giant strides forward and taken his cabinet colleagues along with him.
Monday, January 19, 2015
The "Premiers Natural Resources" forum this week provides an important opportunity for First Nations and the provincial government to re-focus and develop a new way to address government to government engagement. The present approach by the Crown in addressing land, resource development decision-making and environmental, social and other significant impacts raised by First Nations has not been successful. The unanimous decision of the Supreme Court of Canada on June 26, 2014 provides clear guidance to governments and industry proponents when it said: "Governments and individuals proposing to use or exploit land, whether before or after a declaration of Aboriginal title, can avoid a charge of infringement or failure to adequately consult by obtaining the consent of the interested Aboriginal group".
Monday, January 19, 2015
The "Premiers Natural Resources" forum this week provides an important opportunity for First Nations and the provincial government to re-focus and develop a new way to address government to government engagement.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Lheidli T’enneh Territory/Prince George BC - The Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) is supporting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) report entitled: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in British Columbia, Canada (Dec. 21/14). The report took several years to prepare and included engagement with First Nations across British Columbia (BC) and Canada, including the Carrier Sekani leadership and membership. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), initiated the IACHR submissions which led to the report.
Tribal Chief Teegee stated, “We are pleased with the IACHR report on missing and murdered women. This is the greatest challenge we all have before us: how to protect our women and girls in Canada. We continue to struggle to improve the root cause of poverty in our communities, and the IACHR provides some more solutions.” He continued, “We are grateful to the IACHR and all their staff and leaders. Once again an international organization shines the light on Canada and British Columbia’s dark history and present reality. How can we talk about ‘first world’ Canada and yet there is still so much marginalization and racism of First Nations women in BC?”
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Dakelh Territory, Prince George. Today, Nadleh Whut’en and Nak’azdli First Nations, both of which are members of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, filed for judicial review of B.C.’s decision to issue an Environmental Assessment Certificate for TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project. The decision to litigate was only arrived at by the Nations after they exhausted all other possible options to work with B.C. to ensure that their concerns about the Project’s impacts to their respective territories would be addressed.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Dakelh Territory, Prince George. On Friday, October 24, the BC Environmental Assessment Office issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate for TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project. This is an important milestone for the natural gas industry and the BC government. However, BC has stated publicly that this Project (and other proposed natural gas pipelines) will not go ahead without First Nation support. That support is not currently in place. CSTC and its member First Nations have outstanding concerns about the environmental impacts of the Project that have not been addressed. BC and TransCanada will need to address our concerns before CSTC and its member First Nations will be in a position to provide our required consent for this Project.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Dakelh Territory, Prince George. Last week the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (CSTC) released reports to the BC Environmental Assessment Office and Minister Rich Coleman (Minister of Natural Gas Development) regarding the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline (a subsidiary company of TransCanada Pipelines). These reports form part of the CSTC’s efforts to understand the impacts from 5 different proposed natural gas pipelines that could cross unceded Carrier Sekani First Nations territories. While the Carrier Sekani are not against development, all parties must make informed decisions about how to ensure that development does not compromise current and future generations requirements for a healthy environment and meaningful cultural practices.
Friday, August 22, 2014
WILLIAMS LAKE – Testing continues on samples taken from Polley and Quesnel lakes.
Several fish have been tested and deep water-quality testing has occurred. The following
results are to be expected, given the location and pose no human health risk.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Mount Polley Mine Tailings Pond Breach– Fish Consumption Deemed Safe –
Following consultation and discussion with a number of agencies regarding the impacts of the Mount Polley Mine's tailings pond breach on the human health risks associated with eating fish, Interior Health’s Medical Health Officer (MHO) has deemed all fish outside of the revised August 12 “Do Not Use” water advisory as safe for human consumption. Individuals should refrain from consuming fish from the remaining impact zone, which includes Polley Lake, Hazeltine Creek, and a small portion of Quesnel Lake that has a visible sediment plume.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Canada, Mr. Greg Rickford announced today that the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project can proceed based on the Joint Review Panel’s recommendations, subject to 209 conditions. The Harper government and Enbridge are wasting time and taxpayers money. The CSTC and the Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA) stand along with hundreds of First Nations, BC municipalities, and a majority of Canadian citizens opposing the Enbridge Northern Gateway project.