In a new agreement between the BC government and First Nations, seventeen open-pen fish farms in BC's Broughton Archipelago will be phased out by 2023. The transition will begin in 2019.
BC First Nations
The Squamish Nation in BC has approved a major industrial project to support the Woodfibre LNG natural gas pipeline. It has taken the Squamish Nation five years to complete the agreement.
The First Nations Major Projects Coalition is taking the lead on ventures to better control their economic futures. The first project the coalition is working on is the roughly $300-million Kenney Dam Water Release Facility.
Nak'azdli Whut'en members in northern BC cast their votes for four open council seats over four months ago. The First Nation has a custom election code that states candidates are not eligible to run for election if they've ever been convicted of an indictable offence.
Simpcw First Nation, about 80 kilometres north of Kamloops, BC, signed a mutual benefit agreement (MBAs) with Kinder Morgan when it owned the 1,500-km Trans Mountain pipeline.
The Trudeau government has proposed a bill to ban oil tanker traffic along a stretch of the northern B.C. coast. A group of B.C. coastal First Nations leaders support the ban, and they travelled to Ottawa to show their support.
The Squamish First Nation has approved a benefits agreement with Woodfibre LNG in which the First Nation would receive over $225 million in cash over 40 years. The Squamish First Nation's council voted eight to six to support the project.
The Ahousaht First Nation is currently in a local state of emergency over its water supply. A leak has caused the critical water shortage, and the reservoir is operating at 34% capacity. Residents of the remote First Nation have been advised to boil water.
British Columbia's government is creating new legislation to increase the participation of Indigenous people in the environmental assessment of projects.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to the Tsilhqot'in community for the hanging of six chiefs during the so-called Chilcotin War more than 150 years ago.