SOURCE: Blueberry River First Nations

Blueberry River First Nations

June 27, 2016 17:49 ET

Media Advisory: Blueberry River First Nations to Publicly Release New Report Outlining Increased Rate of Devastation to Lands Across Northeastern British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - June 27, 2016) -

What: ​Blueberry River First Nations (BRFN) will hold a press conference tomorrow to release the findings of the Atlas of Cumulative Landscape Disturbance in the Traditional Territory of Blueberry River First Nations, 2016​ (the 2016 Disturbance Atlas). The 2016 Atlas shows the Province of B.C. has not only continued industrial development in the area, but has done so at an accelerated rate, despite its knowledge of the worsening cumulative effects on BRFN traditional territory.

The 2016 Atlas builds upon a previous 2012study of cumulative effects in the Peace Region whichrevealed a stark picture of the scale and rate of industrial impacts on the natural landscape of the area. The province has been made aware of these disturbances many times over the last few years, including through the filing of a court case by BRFN against the Province of B.C. which cites the continued destruction of BRFN lands.

The Atlas was commissioned by Blueberry River First Nations and David Suzuki Foundation, and authored by Ecotrust Canada.

June 28, 2016, 11:00 a.m.

Oak Room (Third floor) Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver 791 W. Georgia St, Vancouver, B.C.

Chief Marvin Yahey, Blueberry River First Nations
Rachel Plotkin, David Suzuki Foundation
Eliana Macdonald, Ecotrust Canada

Chief Marvin Yahey, Rachel Plotkin and Eliana Macdonald will be available for interviews following the press conference.

A conference call-in line is available: please dial 604­.609.­5482 by 10:55 a.m.

Additional materials, including the 2016 Disturbance Atlas, will be released via Marketwired at 12:00pm (PDT) on June 28, 2016. Audio and photos will be available upon request.

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