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.”
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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.
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