"Reconciliation could start here, today, with the cancellation of the Site C dam," Chief Roland Willson, West Moberly First Nations, on the steps of the BC Legislature, November 1, 2017
The fate of the Peace River Valley hangs in the balance.
In the coming weeks, the British Columbia government will make a decision whether to finally halt construction of the massively destructive Site C dam.
Premier John Horgan has already made important commitments to uphold the human rights of Indigenous peoples.
The Premier has also acknowledged that the Site C dam’s impact on the Treaty rights of the Dunne-Za and Cree peoples has never been properly addressed.
If the Premier intends to keep his promise to uphold Indigenous rights, he must stop Site C so that First Nations cultures and traditions can be respected and protected.
Unfortunately, that there is still enormous pressure on the province to allow the construction of the $8 billion dam to continue, regardless of the consequences.