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First Nations shocked, angered by Site C decision

First Nations shocked, angered by Site C decision

First Nations near the Site C project say they are shocked and angry over the government’s plan to complete the dam.

The Blueberry River First Nations says instead of taking steps toward reconciliation, the NDP will commit the single largest infringement of their rights under Treaty 8.

Chief Marvin Yahey says Site C will destroy places Blueberry River members have traditionally used to practice their treaty rights and will flood the grave sites where many ancestors are buried.

The West Moberly First Nations and Prophet River First Nation plan to seek a court injunction to halt construction of the project and to commence a civil action for Treaty infringement.

“It was John Horgan’s NDP that demanded a Site C inquiry by the BC Utilities Commission, and the results they received from it were clear: no need for the power, better alternatives once we do, and no advantage to ratepayers to proceed. With those findings, the only responsible choice was to immediately stop destroying the Peace River valley,” said Chief Roland Willson.

Regional Chief Terry Teegee of the BC Assembly of First Nations says the NDP has failed in its first test to all Indigenous peoples by going ahead with Site C without free, prior and informed consent from First Nations.

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