After BC’s worst wildfire season on record, First Nations in the Chilcotin are calling for a public inquiry.
The Tsilhqoti’in National Government accuses the provincial government of failing to take appropriate action to prevent wildfires risks or prepare for a quick response.
The TNG says a public inquiry is critical to ensure that the voices and experiences of those impacted by the summer wildfires are heard and to restore confidence in the system prior to next year’s fire season.
TNG Tribal Chairman Joe Alphonse says government agencies repeatedly failed to acknowledge First Nations authority, expertise, and the capability to protect their communities and territory and that evacuation orders were unlawfully pushed.
Alphonse says a public inquiry that includes the Federal Government is needed to clarify problems and suggest improvements so that all communities are prepared, protected, and respected during wildfire emergencies.