» Tracing the Path of Environmental Change Ecotrust Canada
We are proud to co-release the Atlas of Cumulative Landscape Disturbance in the Traditional Territory of Blueberry River First Nations. The Atlas was commissioned by Blueberry River First Nations and David Suzuki Foundation, and authored by Ecotrust Canada.

Blueberry River First Nation has been asking the province to address the Nations’ immediate needs and to adopt the Nations’ proposed land stewardship framework (LSF). Speaking at a press conference on June 28, 2016, Chief Marvin Yahey emphasized that the Nations are not opposed to development per se. Instead, they want the province to uphold their Treaty 8 rights and protect their way of life by engaging the Nations in future development negotiations. “To work with people – that’s all we ask… The LSF represents a path to ‘yes’.”

The Disturbance Atlas shows, in striking detail, the vast extent of environmental degradation on Blueberry River’s traditional territory. “You’ve got to be there to see it,” Yahey said. “And we live with it.”

 

Selected Key Findings:

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While 60% of BC is considered intact forest landscape (shown in green), Blueberry River’s traditional territory is only 14% intact.

 

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Of the total area in BC reserved for pipelines via tenures, 46% falls within Blueberry River’s territory (shown as red and gray lines).

 

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Active oil and gas tenures (shown in red) cover nearly 70% of the territory.

 

 

Ecotrust Canada is proud to help Blueberry River First Nations pursue their treaty rights. This legal battle is one example among many of the lingering disconnect between government and First Nations.

Our hope is that by making information more transparent and accessible, decision-makers can reach more equitable solutions for all.

 

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