The Northern First Nations Leadership Alliance

October 21, 2015 18:42 ET

Northern First Nations Leadership Alliance Send Message to New Federal Government

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 21, 2015) - The Northern First Nations Leadership Alliance met today in Prince George, in the immediate aftermath of the federal election, to continue discussions started earlier in the year in regard to the federal and provincial governments approach to major project development in northern BC. The Alliance has agreed to initially focus on the proposed Site C dam project and the deeply failed approaches to consultation with First Nations in regard to this project.

Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation stated, "Canada has an opportunity to become a leader in alternative energy development. I am calling on our new Prime Minister to work with us in developing Canada's potential to be a global leader in this field, instead of pursuing archaic approaches like the Site C dam. The era of destroying rivers should be over."

Chief Terry Teegee, Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, said, "We are not against development, the question is what kind of development is going to occur, and how decisions will be made about that development. Right now the system is broken."

Chief Lynette Tsakoza of the Prophet River First Nation stated, "Our new Prime Minister has committed to the United Nations Declaration in regard to "free, prior and informed consent". This must become the foundation of a new approach to consultations with First Nations, one that results in positive outcomes for our communities, and for Canada."

Chief Na'moks of the Wet'suwet'en Nations is extending an invitation, on behalf of the Alliance, to Prime Minister Trudeau to begin discussions with us on these issues that are fundamentally important to the future of Canada.

Contact Information

  • Gerald Amos
    250-632-1521

    Terry Teegee
    250-562-6279

    Roland Willson
    250-783-0733

    Na'moks
    250-847-3630