Council of British Columbia Treaty 8 Chiefs

April 30, 2010 21:57 ET

Treaty 8 Disgusted By BC's Plan to Remove Site C Dam from Oversight

Council of Treaty 8 Chiefs Disgusted By BC Government’s Plan to Remove Proposed Site C Dam from Regulatory Oversight

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Energy Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TREATY 8 TERRITORY/FORT ST JOHN, BC, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - April 30, 2010) - The Council of Treaty 8 Chiefs is incensed that the BC government want to exempt the Site C hydroelectric dam project from regulatory oversight by the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC).

On Wednesday, the provincial government introduced a new Clean Energy Act - Bill 17, which will exempt BC Hydro from regulatory oversight by the BCUC on the proposed Site C dam on the Peace River in northeast BC.

"The Province says that First Nations will be consulted about Site C, but this legislation rips away the regulatory oversight and process in which First Nations have been involved in the past," said Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan. "In the 1980's and 1990's when the need for this dam was considered, the First Nations voiced their concerns about the dam's effects on their Aboriginal and Treaty rights and their traditional way of life at BCUC hearings."

As a result of those past hearings, the Site C project was shelved twice.

"We wonder how the Province expects to adequately consult and accommodate First Nations about Site C by ending the very same public hearings where First Nations told their stories in the past," said Chief Norman Davis of the Doig River First Nation.

"This is the Clean Energy Act - why does the provincial government want to hide Site C from public scrutiny and regulatory oversight" asked Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nations. "This appears to be self-serving legislation structured for political purposes which puts into question the integrity of the review process for the Site C project. We are now extremely worried whether the review process that the government will allow for Site C will be sufficient to adequately consult and accommodate our Treaty rights under Treaty No. 8."
/For further information: Tribal Chief Liz Logan - 250-321-1296; Chief Roland Willson – 250-783-0733

Contact Information

  • Liz Logan, Tribal Chief, Council of British Columbia Treaty 8 Chiefs
    Primary Phone: 250-321-1296