The McLeod Lake Indian Band and BC Hydro have reached a number of agreements related to a controversial mega project in the BC Peace.
Under the agreements related to the Site C dam, the Band will receive a lump sum payment, a stream of revenue over 70 years, contracting opportunities for McLeod Lake Band companies, and the transfer of some provincial Crown land.
Chief Derek Orr says the McLeod Lake Band set out to negotiate deals with BC Hydro and the Province that recognize the adverse effects of the Site C dam on its aboriginal and treaty rights.
“The agreements were put forward to our members and supported in a referendum vote. We hope these agreements indicate the start of a long-term relationship based on trust and respect,” said Orr in a news release from BC Hydro.
The main community of the McLeod Lake Band, which was brought under Treaty 8 in 2000, is located on McLeod Lake Indian Band Indian Reserves #1 and #5 near the village of McLeod Lake, approximately 150 kilometers north of Prince George on Highway 97.
The $8.8 billion dam has faced opposition and court challenges from a number of Treaty 8 members, including the West Moberly, Prophet River, and Doig River First Nations. The McLeod Lake Band dropped out of two court actions seeking to block Site C last Summer.