Treaty 8 Tribal Association

Treaty 8 Tribal Association

May 27, 2015 16:29 ET

The Peace River Valley is Selected as One of the Top Ten Endangered Places in Canada by Heritage Canada

FORT ST. JOHN, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 27, 2015) -

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The Treaty 8 Tribal Association is pleased to announce the selection of the Peace River Valley as one of Heritage Canada's Top Ten Endangered Places in Canada. It is the first time that Heritage Canada has declared a river valley an endangered place based on the criteria of having high heritage significance, an urgency of threat, a potential for a positive solution, and evidence of active community support for its preservation.

The extraordinary rich and varied Peace River Valley was chosen due to its importance as a prehistoric migration route that dates back at least 10,500 years; the abundance of traditional use, sacred and historic settlement sites; its unique ecosystem for 20 at-risk species and as BC's only prime farmland north of Quesnel. The river valley is considered endangered because BC Hydro is proposing construction on a third hydroelectric dam, Site C, to begin this summer. The project will destroy 78 First Nation heritage sites, including burial grounds, 337 archaeological sites, 27 built heritage sites and 4 paleontological sites.

The Treaty 8 Tribal Association and Tse'K'wa Heritage Society's Cultural Heritage Planner Karen Aird noted that:

"Scientists have only begun to uncover the ancient heritage of the Peace River Valley. It has human occupancy sites dating back 500 generations, at a time before the pyramids were constructed in Egypt. In the last month alone, there was the discovery of a 30,000 yr. old horse bone and a prehistoric mammoth tusk found near the Peace River. And last fall, a team of researchers uncovered a sacred site - an ancient circular rock dwelling with a rock entrance and cairn - in the Peace River region. The Peace River Valley boasts a succession of incredibly dense and unique cultural landscapes that are a legacy to all Canadians. Site C threatens the survival and continuity of this shared heritage."

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Contact Information

  • For Media inquiries:
    Treaty 8 Tribal Association
    Karen Aird