On Wed Aug. 5, Prophet River released a joint statement announcing that we have ended our legal battle against the provincial government and BC Hydro over the Site C dam. The statement, released jointly by the province, Crown utility and Prophet River First Nation, says B.C. will work to improve land management and restore traditional place names in areas of cultural significance.
Councillor Beverly Stager says Site C has “painfully impacted” Treaty 8 Nations and these agreements “can’t undo the past” but instead offer a new future. “We accept the promise of a better relationship with B.C. and BC Hydro and have faith that these agreements will help to protect what remains of the Treaty 8 lands and waters cherished so deeply by our people,” she added.
Councillor Jacqueline Reno commented on the statement saying – “These agreements will not prevent Site C from flooding the Peace River or address impacts of the previous dams. But they are a new start with B.C. and BC Hydro, a chance to move forward with mutual respect and common purpose using Treaty 8 as our guide.”
We will keep members informed as we move forward with these negotiations.
Read the release online at ProphetRiverFirstNation.com.